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Array S XTH ANNUAL REPORT
Published by the
BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
CITY OF VANCOUVER
or Year Ending December 31st
1908
THE CLARKE Bt  STUART CO..   LTD..   PRINTERS AND BOOKBINDERS  BOARD   OF  SCHOOL   TRUS1
vVm. H. P. Clubb
Retire December 31st, 1909.
J. D. Breeze Chas. E. Hope
Retire December 31st, 1910.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D. J. j. Dougan
School Management
Ohas. E. Hope, Chairman
Thos. Duke
Wm. H. P. Clubb
EXECUTIVE   OF   BOARD
Chairman |   D    Breeze
Chairman School Management Committee Chas. E.  Hope
Chairman Building Committee W. E. Flumerfelt
Chairman Finance Committee W. E. Flumerfelt
Superintendent of Schools W. P. Argue,  B.A.
Secretary and Building Superintendent C. W. Murray-
Assistant Secretary Miss F. I. Parker
Stenographer Miss   E.   Balfour
Attendance Officer James Inglis
STANDING  COMMITTEES
Building and Grounds
W. E. Flumerfelt, Chairman
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
J. J. Dougan
Finance
W.   E.   Flumerfelt,    Chairman
Chas.  E.  Hope
J. D. Breeze
The Chairman of the Board is ex officio a member of all Committees
DATE OF MEETINGS
Board—Third Monday in each month at 8 o'clock p.m.
Management Committee—Thursday preceding the 3rd Monday at 4 o'clock p.m.
Building Committee—Thursday preceding the 3rd Monday at 5 o'clock p.m.
Finance  Committee—Monday  evening  after  Board  meeting. BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
FROM 1886 TO 1908 INCLUSIVE
1886-1887
Dr. D. B. Beckingsale, Secretary
J. B.  Henderson
D. B. Charleson
.1887-1888
John Devine, Secretary
G. I. Wilson
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
Wm,   Brown
A.   G.   Johnson
G.  F.  Baldwin
1888-1889
G.  I.  Wilson
John Devine
C. W.  Murray
Wm. Brown
A. PI. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G.  F.   Baldwin
1889-1890
G. I. Wilson
Chas. Whetham, M.A.
C. W. Murray
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G. F. Baldwin
1890-1891
Appointed   by   the   Lieut.-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
1891-1892
Appointed by the Lieut.-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
1892-1893
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
Henry Collins
G. I. Wilson, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
G.  R.  Gordon
1893-1894
A. H. B.  Macgowan, Chairman
C.  W.   Murray,   Secretary
John McAllister
Wm. Templeton
C.   C.   Eldridge
G.  R.  Gordon
1894-1895
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
1895-1896
Wm. Templeton, Chairman
C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
C. F. Foreman
A. H. B. Macgowan
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
1896-1897
G. R. Gordon, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge
J. J. Logan
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
1897-1898.
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 BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
FROM 1886 TO 1908 INCLUSIVE
1898-1899
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
1899-1900
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
1900-1901
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
1901-1902
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   1st
July 1902, to 31st Dec,  1902
Geo.  S.  B.  Perry,  Secretary
1902-1903
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
1903-1904
Thos.  Duke,  Chairman
D. Donaldson
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
Ja'3.  Ramsay
William Clubb
J. J. Dougan
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
W. P. Argue, B.A., Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary
1904-1905
W. B. McKechnie, M.D., Chairman
William Clubb
Jas. Ramsay
J. J. Dougan
Thos. Duke
R. P. McLennan
J. B. Ferguson
W. P. Argue, B.A., Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary
1905-1906
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
1906-1907
R. P. McLennan, Chairman
W. H. P. Clubb
James Ramsay
W.  B.  McKechnie,  M.D.
Thomas Duke
J. J. Dougan
V. W. Odium  (Jan. to Oct.)
Charles Hope (Oct. to Dec.)
W. P. Argue, B.A., Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary and Building
Superintendent
1907-1908
Chas. E. Hope, Chairman
R. P. McLennan
W. H. P. Clubb
W. E. Flumerfelt
Thos.  Duke
J. J. Dougan
J. D. Breeze Vancouver High School   •
Geo. E. Robinson,  Principal  Board op School Trustees
REPORT OF CHAIRMAN
To the Board of School Trustees:
Gentlemen,—
In looking, back over the history of the past year and considering our
achievements in comparison with the general programme of developments,
which we had in view, the thought that would occur to anyone is, how
little any one board can really do. Some of the developments and reforms
which we had in mind have had to be postponed, others have only been
initiated, a few have been carried out; at the same time reviewing the work
which has been done, one cannot but feel that progress generally has been
made, and we can only commend to our successors the carrying out and
completion of the same policy this year, which we started with a year ago.
Still the record of what has been done will make a distinct milestone in
the progress of the Vancouver City Schools.
First, we have made a start in the separation of the Orientals from
white children. To what extent this is desirable, there may possibly be
two opinions, but there is no question that there is a strong feeling in favor
of it, not only in Vancouver, but elsewhere on the Pacific Coast; and while
I would deprecate any very drastic steps in this direction, I think that the
general trend of public opinion is in favor of it. We have carried out this
change in the face of the strong opposition of the Aldermen, although I
believe that this opposition was largely founded on ignorance of our policy.
The course of action which we took in respect to this matter will bear
favorable comparison with similar action taken elsewhere in all large seaport towns on this continent, that is, it was taken with a view to removing
from the junior classes all children or persons of any nationality who were
materially above the average age of the class; apart from the Asiatic question no exception can be taken to this by anyone who is at all familiar with
the workings of the schools in any town, and particularly in seaport towns,
or immigration centres.
This Board has also to its credit a change in the Immigration Act, by
which the Chinese will no longer be able to obtain a rebate of their $500.00
head tax by taking a nominal course for twelve months in the elementary
schools. There is no doubt that this change is both in the interests of education, as well as in the best interests of our City School expenditure.
We have also this year made a long step in advance in connection
with the designs of our schools; this refers particularly to the Sixteenth
Avenue School and to the new school on Ninth Avenue, for which plans
have been accepted. The plans of these two schools represent two advanced types of school, both specially applicable to somewhat different
conditions; which of the two will best serve the interests of Vancouver, is Fairview School
G. W. Clarke, Principal
Midsummer, Wyndon Shannon, 827 marks
Christmas,  Murial Armstrong, 703 marks
Silken Banner, Presented by the
Princess of Wales
Won by the Fairview School Drill Co.
Hoisting the SchochI Flag 10
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hard to say, but probably there will be other schools built on the lines of
both of them later on. These two schools are not only much in advance of
all previous Vancouver schools as regards details of school construction,
having regard to light, administration and general convenience, as well as
safety in case of fires, but they have one great advantage over all previous
schools built here, in that, either of them can be built in units of two or
more rooms each, as is required, without any after alteration or extra cost
other than a slight rearrangement of the heating fixtures. Many of our old
schools, as you know, are most unsuitable for the purpose, and no doubt in
a few years some of them will have to be torn down and rebuilt.
The past year will be a somewhat memorable one in the school annals
on account of our difficulty with the City Aldermen in connection with
the school estimates. This points to the necessity of entirely divorcing the
functions of these two bodies, that is, the Board of Aldermen and the
Board of School Trustees. It would be as reasonable for us as School
Trustees to criticize the policy of the Aldermen as regards the creosoting
of wood pavement blocks, as for the Aldermen, as Aldermen, to criticize
any matters connected with our schools. I think that the coming Board
of Trustees should keep this strongly in mind with a view to having amendments made in the School Act, which will enable the School Trustees, who
are a representative body elected by the people direct, to have fuller
control of their expenditure than they have now. Whether we shall succeed in getting any amendment made to the School Act or not this coming
session we do not know, but I would strongly urge upon the new Board
that they not only keep this in mind, but also obtain amendments which
will enable them to beautify the school grounds if necessary outside the
actual playground fence, and also the right to spend some small sums on
equipment for cadet corps. Neither of these things will take much money,
and there is no doubt that the feeling of the City, as a whole, is distinctly
in favor of them, and it would only be giving the Board powers which
other boards in other Provinces already have.
Mr. McLennan, as Chairman last year, in his report referred to the
need in the near future of giving our City Superintendent, Mr. Argue, an
assistant. The greatest credit is due Mr. Argue for the.present efficiency
of the schools, but obviously the work is getting beyond the capacity of
one man, and an assistant should certainly be provided for him next year,
more particularly as regards inspecting the schools in detail. The complaints as to grading the different classes in the public schools are in some
cases unquestionably well founded, and there is a tendency to keep the
children back in the lowe»: grades instead of pushing them forward. Different classes vary a good deal in this respect, and I believe that this can
only be got over by more continuous inspection. We now have 8000 children and 183 teachers; the number is growing very fast, and it is impossible for one man, no matter how painstaking he may be, to give full  12
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attention to all of them, and at the same time to carry on the general work
of organization.
Very few people realize the part which more and more every year
is played by schools in the social life of the people. Owing to an increasing
portion of the population of cities living in apartment and tenement houses,
and, I am sorry to say, the general loosening of the ties of home life, schools
are more and more taking the place and doing the duties which parents
used to do, and it is no use our trying to shirk the responsibility, either
as Trustees or as ratepayers; whether we like it or not, we are having
this work forced upon us and we should rather welcome it, and prepare
a school organization for the gradual taking up of a wider scope of work.
This will mean many problems not now thought of, to be grappled with
by the School Trustees and School Superintendents, and undoubtedly
one of these is, the extension of Manual Training on more advanced lines.
When I say Manual Training I would also include Domestic Science.
A start has been made in the former, and it is to be hoped that the advanced
Manual Training class in the High School will make a fair start in the
early sEEing. This is a move in the direction of Technical and Industrial
Education, and there is no doubt that the public generally will support
any further advances we may make on the same lines. Night classes also
come within the same category, and this is a very necessary branch of
education, which has been somewhat overlooked in Vancouver. In this
connection I would point out that class consciousness as opposed to individual consciousness, or perhaps I ought to say, class emulation as opposed to
individual emulation, should be encouraged far more than it is. By this
means you will have one class as a class, competing against another, and
the urging on of the dull boy by the brighter ones, in order that the class
results as a whole may be good. This is bound to have a better general
effect than the urging on of the bright boys by the teachers only. The
splendid results obtained in the large public schools in England and in the
colleges of the United States are largely owing, I believe, to this feeling of
class emulation as opposed to individual emulation. This will refer to
Manual Training work, as well as to results obtained by different grades of
the same standard at the examinations in the public and High Schools.
In connection with this advanced Manual Training, although it is a
matter which is not directly connected with it, I think we should have one
or two teachers in the High School who have a hobby for Geology, Botany,
Insect Life and outdooi things generally, who would be willing to organize
Saturday classes, where the pupils, both boys and girls, would take country
walks, when these particular things can be studied on the ground. Quite
apart from the educational advantages conferred, there is no doubt that it
would have a very good general effect. Baseball, boating and other summer
sports are all very well in their way, but when pupils reach the High School
stage, they want to combine something else with it.
What is known as the "Playground Movement" should be taken hold fe*"**'S8*
#   f
Mt. Pleasant School
G. W. Jamieson, Principal
HEAD PUPIL
Midsummer—August Bailey 708 marks
Christmas—Walter Sykes 826    "
Championship Lacrosse Shield
Won by Mount Pleasant School Team
Cups at Dawson School
No. 6—" McLennan " Trophy
NO. 7—" McMillan" Trophy
No. 1—" Trorey " Trophy
No. 2—" Henderson" Trophy
No. 4—"Johnson " Cup
Won by the Dawson School Rifle Teams
No. 5—" School Trustees Lacrosse Cup " won by Dawson School Lacrosse Team. 14
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of by the incoming Board. There are no doubt many difficulties in the
way, but at the same time it is an outstanding fact, which there can be no
denying, that the playgrounds connected with the schools are not utilized
to the extent which they might be.
There is some question as to the advisability of continuing the Christmas Entrance Examinations. This system is not followed, I understand,
in other centres in this Province, and the objection to it appears to be that
the pupils passing at these examinations are one term short in their work
when the next examinations come round in June. I think it would be a
pity to make a change, unless after most careful consideration. If a pupil
has got to mark time for a term or two until he can catch up on the curriculum, it would be far better for him to mark time in a higher class
rather than in a lower one. I think that special attention should be given
these pupils who pass into the High School at Christmas. They are only
one term behind in the work, and it would appear that by increasing the
class emulation of these pupils, a great many of them could be got through
the examination in June, although they were one term behind when they
started, and so save a whole year in their education; at all events it is
better to do this, if possible, rather than let them drag over another year.
Some of the backward ones would have to do that in any case, but they
had better put the extra time in a class in a High School than spend
the time in getting, as it were, an extra polish in the Entrance classes.
Having two separate high schools, one in the East End, and the other
in Fairview, would also have a tendency to class emulation, as the two
schools will naturally compete lone against the other, to some extent, and
with, no doubt, good results.
Steps should be taken in the High School to have a public record
kept of the nead boys in each year. There is a great deal of blank wall
space in the Assembly Hall, which could be very advantageously used for
this purpose.
While on this question of High Schools, I was recently surprised to
hear that Geography and History have both been taken out of the High
School course. I feel that this is a great mistake, particularly as regards
Geography, which is the foundation on which is based almost all scientific
and commercial work. The idea I believe is, that these two subjects overcrowd the curriculum and delay pupils who intend going to college, but
we must not forget that the High School is the "People's" School (with
a very large capital P), and that even under the most favorable circumstances, a comparatively few pupils only will eventually enter the college.
I think that no effort should be spared to bring these two subjects, and
particularly Geography, back into our High Schools.
I cannot let this opportunity pass without calling attention to the good
work which has been done by both our City Superintendent, Mr. Argue,
and Mr.  Murray, our Secretary and Building Inspector,  considering the Seymour School (New) 16
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great increase of work in the departments of both these gentlemen. I think
that the highest praise is due them both, particularly taking into consideration the miserably inadequate accommodation in the Board Offices.
I am sure we all greatly regret that Mr. McLennan is retiring and
is not seeking re-election; his many years' service on the Board and his
practical knowledge and keen interest in all matters connected with our
schools, will make his loss severely felt. It is largely to his initiative that
we owe the start we are making in advanced Manual Training work, and
the general tendency to a more practical and work-a-day education.
I wish to thank the members of the Board for the cordial support which
they have given me during the past year. As you all know, this work is
new to me, and it is only with the hearty co-operation of every member
of the Board that we have been able to get through the work so satisfactorily and expeditiously. Our meetings have been marked by an evident
desire on everybody's part to push things along, and solely in the best
interests of our schools and pupils. If I may be allowed to say it, I believe the general efficiency of the schools and smooth working of the
machinery of the Board is largely due to our leaving the working out and
execution of all details to the Board officials.    This is as it should be.
M       CHAS. E. HOPE,   |jj
Chairman.
REPORT OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Gentlemen,—
The reports handed in by the instructors at the heads of the different
departments will prove interesting and show that we have been moving
onward and upward during the year 1908. A casual examination of the
statistics furnished will show that the enrollment of pupils has increased
by 614 over last year, and 23 more teachers are employed by the Board.
This is an indication of the growth of the City, as well as increasing responsibility placed upon the Board.
The Entrance Examinations have been all that could be wished for,
339 pupils having been successful in passing, being an increase over 1907
of 108 pupils. This shows what good work our teachers in the public
schools are capable of doing, and speaks well for their efficiency.
I regret that I am unable to speak so highly of the mid-summer examinations in the High School.     The results here were not by any means  18
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what this Board has a right to expect. In the High School the pupil's time
is divided up each day amongst a number of teachers. It is easily seen
therefore that his educational chain is as strong only as the weakest teacher
makes it. If there happen to be teachers who are retarding the progress
of the pupil, the Board expects the Superintendent or Principal to locate
the weakness and remove the cause, as it is their business and not that of
this Board to find these matters out and rectify them.
The necessity for continuing the system of comparing the work of the
different teachers in both the public and High School, as shown by the
results of the examinations, is impressed upon us more each year. I do not
maintain that one or two poor examination returns would prove that a
teacher is not up to the standard, because conditions might be against
him, but a continuance of poor averages must certainly prove his unfitness.
Another strong reason why we should require that the teachers' percentages be filed is that the membership of this Board is not a continuing one,
and as new members are elected to positions on the Board they have no
means of knowing the standing of the teachers unless this system of filing
averages be maintained. It is quite true that every year a written report
on each teacher is sent in to the Board, but the language used in describing
their ability, as applied to each teacher, does not convey any particular
meaning in the majority of cases, and if a new member of the Board were
to examine them with the idea of finding out the work a particular teacher
was doing, he would obtain but little information from such yearly written
report.
With 14 schools, 1 73 teachers and 8000 pupils, and these numbers
increasing every year, I think it is time this Board took up the matter of
appointing an Assistant Superintendent. Between the executive and administrative work, our Superintendent has more than can be attended to.
With the work he has to do at present, it is impossible for him to visit the
schools and give them the personal supervision that tends to increase efficiency. I consider in appointing an assistant we should obtain, not a mere
cleric, but an educationist of high attainments with modern ideas, who
would be a real assistant and not one with merely local ideas.
We are pleased to be able to report the establishment and opening of
the High School Manual center. The supervisor points out that this is
the first High School center in Canada. We can scarcely believe that
Eastern Canada is behind Vancouver in giving a practical turn to the
education of the young men, who, in ten years, will be a great factor in
our trades, industries and commerce. Money invested by the ratepayers
in giving the boys and girls the best education possible is the best form of
investment, and the returns are sure. The Manual Training will assist
many a boy to find his true vocation and we trust will prevent in future
so many square pegs endeavoring to fill round holes. We have too many
misfits in life now.
A change has been made in the High School which gives the pupil Mjm
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Old High School (now Central)
D. M. Robinson, Principal
HEAD PUPIL
Midsummer—Arthur Richards 683 marks
Christmas—Loyle Morrison 735      "
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entering the choice of taking subjects looking toward an Arts, Science or
Commercial life.
I think the Board should now work toward strengthening the Commercial course somewhat. As Vancouver continues to grow and become
a great commercial port, we should be fitting the boys to take their places
right up in front. San Francisco controlled the commerce to the south
of her by the employment of those able to speak Spanish. The trade
between China and Japan and the Pacific ports is already of large proportions, but only trifling compared to what it will be. At the present time
the advantage is altogether with the Chinese and Japanese who can speak
both their own and the English language and who are even employed by
the courts and in Royal Commissions to act as interpreters, and in doing
so are enabled to give the answers any desired complexion. I believe
that to obtain the advantage and maintain our supremacy that we should
teach these Oriental languages and characters in our Commercial course,
and train a body of young men who would prove a valuable asset to Canada in establishing the commercial relations between Vancouver and the
Orient, because there must be a great opening for young men here in this
connection.
The report of the Medical Supervisor justifies her appointment by
this Board when we note that the number of cases of skin diseases is less
than one-third what they were last year when the appointment was first made,
and that the number of cases of uncleanliness is one-half. I believe the
greatest boon to the coming generation would be conferred by a competent inspection of the teeth, eyes and noses of the children. The more
care the community takes of the children, the more use and less burden
they will be in later life.
The Domestic Science teachers are doing well, and their work must
commend itself to the citizens.
. So also will the work of the Drawing, Music, Drill and Attendance
Supervisors, as outlined in their reports, show that progress is being made.
A second attendance officer is required, as the single officer cannot possibly
cover the ground.
In view of the increasing number of schools, teachers and scholars, and
the demand for greater efficiency that is each year being made upon the
schools, I know the Board has a busy year ahead of fhem, and as a
retiring member I trust they may have every success therein.
Sincerely yours,
:,■:■:-■^^■■.■' .■•■'.'■  ■',,    ' R. P. McLENNAN,
Chairman Management Committee. Strathcona School
Gr. H. Tom,   Principal
HEAD PUPIL
Midsummer—Minetta Crawford ;715 marks
"Banfield Cup," won outright by the Strathcona School Kifle Team
Simon Fraser School Enroll.   Avge. Att.
August    7209 6594.09
September   ..7929 6917.04
October     7984 7068.58
November  ... 7934 7064.84
December   ...7656 6882.40
Enrollment for the month of October for each year since 1897
Year Enroll.
1898 2724
1899 3117
1900 3393
1901 3710
1902 4087
1903 4416
Year. Enroll.
1904 4994
1905 5609
1906 6437
1907 7370
1908 7984
Number of teachers on the Vancouver staff in December for each year
since  1 902:
Total
29	
 63	
  92
30	
 71	
 101
29	
 83	
 112
38	
 92	
 130
47	
 103	
 150
58	
 115	
 173
Special instructors employed by the Board:
Manual   Training 4
Domestic  Science 3
Supervisor  of Music 1
Supervisor of Drawing 1
Supervisor of Drill, Etc 1
Special officers employed by the Board:
Medical Health  Inspector 1
Attendance Officer 1
Number of teachers holding the different grades of certificates:
University Graduate in Arts or Science 49
Academic   Certificate   4
First Class Certificate 53
Second  Class  Certificates 65
Specialist's   Certificate   1  24
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Number of pupils from each school passing the Entrance Examinations
into the High School during the years 1905, 1906, 1907 and 1908:
1905
Central    22..
Dawson    41.,
Fairview   18..
Mt.   Pleasant 17..
Roberts    35.
Seymour    17..
Strathcona    24..
Kitsilano    —
174
1906
.2?
.47.
.31.
,44.
.38.
.21.
.25.
229
1907
231
1908
31	
 23
54	
 77
24	
 33
52	
 43
14	
 59
12	
 25
9,9,... .
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— 26
339
Statement of School Savings Bank, showing number of children having
more than $1 or less than $1 deposited, and the total amount to the credit
of the school:
Total Amt.
 $288.13
School $1 or more Less than $1
Central    52   4	
Dawson    66 15  450.00
Fairview    40 13  120.45
Mt. Pleasant    ' 120 55  271.45
Roberts    54 35  209.90
Seymour
80.
12  369.48
Strathcona    64 25   264.20
Grandview    47 42   150.20
Aberdeen    52 13   287.65
Macdoifild    53 21  187.65
Model    60   8   177.45
Total $2776.56
Pupils
Attending.
High   School    727...
Central    716...
Dawson    671...
Mt. Pleasant  	
Average
Actual.
...667.79
...631.83
...607.50
1087 950.93
Strathcona    823.
Fairview    586.
Seymour    677.
Roberts    650.
Kitsilano    53$
Grandview    282}
Macdonald 219.
Model    642.
Aberdeen    368.
.715.25
,516.14
.588.60
.580.24
.474.17
,241.46
,197.95
.574.93
.321.74
Total 7984.
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W. P. ARGUE, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
DRAWING
Dear Sir,—
As I anticipated last year, the work has made a great advance, and all sections are
more closely related to each other than heretofore.
I consider we are building a strong foundation for the requirements of a commercial
life, and at the same time preparing the way for a fuller and wider study of the subject.
Color work now extends to every school and to every class. I hope next year to see
it introduced to the High School. The Board has wisely appointed a special teacher there.
The importance of the step cannot be over-estimated, as it forms a connecting link between
the University and the Elementary School, and makes a complete course possible.
A Bulletin issued every month has been a great help in correlating Nature Study with
Drawing, and the power of making rapid sketches in illustration of the text, is developing as
quickly as could be expected.
Geometry and the making of working drawings is much better understood this year.
The work is more thoughtfully taught, and students puzzle over,  and reason out the problems
in a more determined manner. We cannot afford to neglect
this branch of work, and must cultivate the power of visualizing
the image when the mind is pliable and susceptible to training.
From personal experience in evening classes I have seen what a
hopeless task it is to begin when the mind is matured.
Before long all interested in the work will have a chance of
viewing an exhibition in the Aberdeen School, when the whole
course, from the Receiving class to the High School, may be
inspected.
Respectfully yours,
JOHN KYLE,
Supervisor of Drawing. No. 1—S. NORTHROP
Supervisor of Manual Training.
No. 2—C. W. MURRAY
Secretary of School Trustees and School Building Inspector.
No. 3-W. P. ARGUE, B.A.
Superintendent of City Schools.
No. 4—J. KYLE, A.R.C.A.
Supervisor of Drawing.
No. 5—GEO. P. HICKS
Supervisor of Music.
Page   Drawn   by   Edith   Burton,    Lord   Roberts   School.   No. 1—MISS BERRY
Supervisor of Domestic Science.
No. 2—Dr. G. L. URQUHART
Medical Inspector of Schools.
No. 3—SERGT.-MAJOR BUNDY
Drill Instructor.
No. 4—JAMES INGLIS
Attendance  Officer.
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REPORT ON MUSIC
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
In presenting this report I am pleased to say that the work of my
department is in a healthy and, in some schools, vigorous condition; both
teachers and pupils are showing a decided interest in the subject. It wins
its way as all art subjects do when given a chance.
As in previous years we have suffered some inconvenience through the
large influx of pupils and teachers from outside points, notwithstanding
this, most of our teachers have met the situation nobly, and have obtained
very satisfactory results.
Just here I would like to correct a common but erroneous impression,
that it is necessary for a teacher to be a singer in order to teach singing
in school. This is not true; we have abundant proof of it in our own
schools. Above the Second Reader it is not essential that a teacher sing;
it is often better that she do not sing, than that she should sing at the
wrong time, and so deprive the pupils of all chance of doing independent
work. It is often true that the best work in music is done in those rooms
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are "good teaching methods as in other subjects, and a correct musical
ear." But, like all art, success depends more on the worker than on his
methods or implements.
On May the 14th we brought some of the results of our efforts to the
notice of the public, in our school annual concert, which was held in the
Vancouver Opera House. About six hundred children took part. Their
work was eminently satisfactory, as was attested by the very large and
enthusiastic audience present. My thanks is due the teachers and others
who so willingly and efficiently assisted to make the concert such a complete
success.
During the summer vacation I visited schools in Winnipeg, Toronto,
and several centres in England and the United States, for the purpose of
studying methods of teaching music in schools. I was exceedingly fortunate in getting into some of the very best schools and colleges in England,
as well as some of the best music centres in the United States, and was
treated with every kindness and consideration. I am proud to say that
some of our Primary and Intermediate teachers are doing work that will
compare favorably with anything I saw abroad.
I am pleased to find that some of the newly appointed teachers are
competent to teach the subject. I have held regular weekly meetings to
assist those who have had no previous experience in teaching music.
A hopeful sign is in the very commendable efforts that are being put
forth by several of the Principals and their staffs to secure pianos for
their schools.
I have recently made an investigation in our schools and find there
are about nine hundred and sixty children studying various musical instruments out of school; 90 per cent, of them have commenced their studies
during the past three years. I hope shortly to organize them into small
orchestras, and the best part of them into one large orchestra, and thereby
encourage the study of orchestral instruments.
I sincerely hope that e'er long the Department of Education will see
its way to have music taught in the Normal School.
In closing, permit me to acknowledge the support and courtesy shown
by yourself and the Board of Trustees during the year.
Respectfully yours,
GEO.   P.   HICKS,
Supervisor   of   Music. 34
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DRILL
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
I have the honor to submit a brief report on the subject of Drill, Physical Exercises, etc., for the year 1908.
Since devoting my whole time to the City Public Schools, I am pleased
to state that the progress has been exceedingly good, and the discipline very
well maintained.
At the beginning of each term a few special lessons were given to
those teachers newly appointed, and very good results were obtained.
During the latter part of the "Fall Term," and within a very short
period, three school concerts were held, which were very successful. The
programmes, which consisted principally of Physical Drills, were prepared in order that as many pupils as possible might take part during the
practices.
In addition to the Physical Drill now being taught, some special classes
are prepared in the use of dumbbells, club swinging, etc. Some very good
work resulted and a great deal of interest was manifested throughout the
practices.
I respectfully request that credit be given to all teachers who so ably
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prepared these exercises under my supervision, and for their hearty support
in connection with the physical welfare of the pupils. Several teachers are
desirous that these exercises be continued. I can personally recommend
the same, as I have carefully selected these exercises for the pupils.
The Rifle Teams of our City Public Schools total 1 6. Eight Senior
teams and eight Junior teams have attended their practices faithfully
throughout the year 1908. Over 300 boys have received instruction in
the use of the rifle during this period, and taking everything into consideration, I feel this to have been the most successful year in the history of
rifle shooting.
Respectfully yours,
A.  C.   BUNDY,
Supervisor   of   Drill.
ATTENDANCE
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
I beg to submit a report of my work for the year 1908. I visited all
the schools in the City regularly and investigated the various cases given
to me by the Principals, a total of 1040. Out of this number there were
99 who were sent home by the Medical Inspector, 31 cases of infectious
diseases that had riot been reported, and 92 were truants. It was necessary
to bring four parents before the Magistrate for the violation of the compulsory clause of the "Public Schools Act," which led to a better attendance of the children.
I looked into 103 cases of children found on the City streets during
school hours. The majority of these came from outside the City limits,
where a school had been closed the greater part of the term. Something
should be done to prohibit children of school age from obtaining employment, and to stop children under a certain age, say 12 years, from street
trading.
During my recent trip to the Old Country, I found that Parliament had given the School Boards of the district the power to govern the
employment of children and street trading by persons under 16, which
is a great help to the attendance department.
There should also be a fixed standard of education before a child
should leave school. I hope the Chairman's efforts along this line may
be successful.
The City police gave me three names in March, which I looked into,
two being over age, and one lived outside the City.
Respectfully yours,
JAMES  INGLIS,
Attendance   Officer.
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DOMESTIC SCIENCE
CENTRES
Roberts School
Aberdeen   School
Model School
Seymour School
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
I have the honor to submit a report of the work done in the Domestic
Science Department of the public schools, for the year 1 908.
At the beginning of the year, the regular work of the department was
continued in the two centres already established. Here prominence was
given to the study of foods and cookery, though this includes lessons in
simple chemistry, bacteriology, general order and cleanliness, and review
of the regular lessons in physiology and hygiene.
Realizing that sewing is a very necessary accomplishment to a home-
maker, an effort was made in the early part of the year to systematize the
instruction being given by the teachers. Miss Davis, a graduate of Macdonald Institute, Guelph, was engaged in February, and though the work Board of School Trustees
was new to many of the regular teachers, and the Supervisor could not
undertake to actually teach every class herself, still a beginning was made.
In the fall term unoccupied moments in the Cookery lessons at the regular
centres were filled in with sewing, and the girls who had had even a few
lessons were found to be much more apt workers than those who had not.
After the summer vacation the two new centres in Seymour and Roberts
Schools respectively were ready for occupation. Ten new classes in Foods
and Cookery were taken on, thus making thirty classes, or between 600
and 700 girls receiving this instruction. Miss Davis was given charge
of the new classes, and sewing had to be discontinued for the time being.
The opening of the new centres produced good in two ways; the
pupils had a shorter distance to go, more regular attendance resulted,
and consequently there was much more satisfactory progress. The increase
in the number of classes allows not only more pupils the opportunity of
attending, but allows a pupil to attend longer; thus the work is more apt
to be thorough and complete, though in both respects there is still room for
improvement.
Though voluntary attendance had been very satisfactory since the beginning of the work in 1905, still making attendance at the Domestic
Science classes compulsory, as was done this year, has proved very beneficial to the girls, and has made the work of the teacher much more satisfactory.
The progress this year has been very gratifying, possibly owing, in the
regular classes, to more regular attendance. Reports of the work being
done at home by girls of the past classes, as well as those of the present,
though sometimes amusing, go to show an all-round interest, which means
our work will be lasting.
Special visiting days were set apart before the close of each term,
and at many of the lessons the room was crowded. At these lessons and
many times during the term the teachers appreciated the many kind words
of the parents and friends of the pupils, not only as being personally gratifying, but more so as a proof that the work is making friends for. itself.
Respectfully yours,
ELIZABETH   BERRY,
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MANUAL TRAINING
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
CENTRES
High School
Dawson School
Mt. Pleasant School
Seymour School
Roberts School
Fairview School
Strathcona School
In presenting my annual report of 1908 I beg to express my satisfaction with the work in each of the centres, and to compliment the teachers
on the success which has attended their efforts.
We have now six centres in use, four of which, however, Roberts,
Fairview, Strathcona and Seymour, are now only open for. part of the
work.
At the present rate of increase of the school population it will be necessary during 1909 to appoint another instructor if all the intermediate
and senior grade pupils are to be accommodated, as there are even now
several classes for whom no place can be found.
During the latter part of this year some of the best work from all Board of School Trustees
centres has been collected to form the nucleus of a permanent central exhibition of school work. Part of this is now established in the Supervisor's office and the remainder is reserved for the main exhibition to be
situated in the Assembly Hall of the Aberdeen School.
The Manual Training Room in the High School is now almost completed, and classes will commence work early in the new year. It is
equipped for advanced woodwork and woodburning. Congratulations are
due to the School Trustees for the establishment of this (I think I am
right in asserting) the first High School Manual Training Room in the
Dominion of Canada.
I wish to thank you and the Principals of the Schools for your and
their hearty co-operation in all matters tending towards the efficient working of the centres.
Respectfully yours,
S.   NORTHROP, jj
Supervisor   of   Manual   Training.
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MEDICAL SUPERVISION
W. P. Argue, Esq.,
City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—
I beg to submit the following annual report of medical inspection of
scnool
During the past year I have thoroughly inspected all schools twice and
have made at least two other visits to each school when new pupils or
suspicious cases of any kind were examined. From time to time I also
visited schools requiring special attention. Two mornings each week I
devoted one hour to the re-admitting of children excluded from school and
to seeing cases of suspected contagious diseases sent by the various
teachers to the office.
At the beginning of the present term I vaccinated five hundred and
thirteen school children free of charge.
There were twenty-nine cases of contagious diseases of the skin and
two hundred and twenty-nine cases of pediculosis excluded from school
during the year. It is gratifying to note there is a marked improvement
in conditions found existing last year, there having been ninety-seven sent
out for skin diseases and four hundred and fifty-one for pediculosis in
1907. This is due partly to the fact that the teachers are now better
able to detect these lesions since they receive instruction when possible during my visits to the schools. Certificates for re-admission to school were
granted to two hundred and ninety-six children.
There is a lack of responsibility on the part of parents who send their
children suffering from milder infectious diseases to school before the
period of contagion is over, so causing the infection to spread. A plea
of ignorance being usually offered as the excuse. It would be well if
where there is any doubt, these children were submitted for medical inspection before applying for re-admission to school.
Respectfully yours,
G.  S.  URQUHART,   M.D.,
5chool   Medical   Inspector. ^ea^.-oa^^^M^-fr^M^^^^^.^.^^.
Trophies Won by High School Teams -Receiving Teacher
5th year and
3rd year.    4th year,    succeeding years.
$50 $55 $60 $65 $70
Intermediate Grade Teachers, except Receiving Teachers
4th year and
1st  year.        2nd  year.        3rd  year.        succeeding years
$50 $55 $60 $65
SENIOR GRADE TEACHERS
3rd year. 4th year and succeeding years.
$70 I $75
Second Assistants
3rd year. 4th year and succeeding years.
$85 $90
First Assistants
year
$80
1st year.
$90
1st year.
$100
2nd year
$95
2nd year
$110
year and succeeding years.
$100
Principals, Small  Buildings
3rd year..        4th year and succeeding years.
1st year
$115
1st year.
$90
1st year.
$90
2nd year.
$125
$125
6th   year   and
succeeding years.
$150
i month.
6th year and
succeeding years.
$130
$120
Principals, Large Buildings
3rd year.    4th year.    5th year.
$135 $140 $145
HIGH  SCHOOL
Principal, $175 a month; Vice-Principal, $145
Male Assistants
2nd year.    3rd year.    4th year.    5th year.
$100 $110 $120 $125
Female Assistants
2nd year.    3rd year.    4th year.    5th year and succeeding years.
$95 $100 $105 $110
SUPERVISORS—DRAWING,  MUSIC,  MANUAL TRAINING
1st year 2nd year. 3rd year. 4th year and succeeding years.
$100 $110 $120 $125
Instructors—Manual  Training
2nd year. 3rd year and succeeding years.
$95 $100
Supervisor, Domestic Science
2nd year. 3rd year. 4th year and succeeding years.
$80 $85 $90
Instructors, Domestic Science
2nd year. 3rd year. 4th year and succeeding years.
$65 $70 $75
Schedule based on twelve monthly payments each year.
A teacher going from any position to a higher position shall suffer
1st year.
$90
1st year.
$75
1st year.
$60
1.
2.
no diminution of salary. If salary in lower position be equal to or greater
than salary in higher position, teacher shall for one year in new position
receive the same salary as was received in the lower position.
3. Minimum salary for Graduate in Arts with Normal Training, $55
per  month.
4. The Board of School Trustees shall determine what schools will
be classed as large schools, and what as small schools.
5. No schedule increase to go into effect without the same being
recommended by the City Superintendent.
6. The salary of any teacher may be fixed at a sum not indicated in
the schedule by a special resolution of the Board. Board of School Trustees
REPORT OF BUILDING COMMITTEE
To the Board of School Trustees,"
Vancouver, B. C.
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen:
In accordance with the usual custom, I beg to submit herewith the
report of the Building Committee for the year ending December 31 st, 1908.
The first matter that took up our attention was the fitting up of the
auditorium at the Aberdeen School, including teachers' room, etc., at a
cost of $414.00. This building, as you are aware, was opened for
school purposes at the beginning of the school term in January, seven classrooms being used, leaving one vacant room in order to provide for an increase during the term.
We found upon examination that there was little or no insurance on
school furniture, and immediately recommended to the Board the necessity
of placing $30,000.00 on school furniture in the several buildings throughout the city. This recommendation was adopted by the Board and acted
upon at once.
The burning of a school building in Ohio caused the Cify Council to
appoint a Committee for the purpose of investigating and inspecting all the
City schools as to their safety in case of fire.    A copy of this report was
forwardeM-to your Board and handed to this Committee.    The Committee
at the request of the Board took steps and appointed two reliable architects
to make a thorough report and to advise the Board as to the required improvements necessary to make the buildings as near fireproof as possible.
The architects were also instructed to prepare an estimate of the alterations necessary to carry out the above work.     The estimate submitted by
them for all the works in connection with fire protection purposes amounted
to $30,000.00.    As soon as the report was received from the architects,,
your Committee, not desiring to wait until a by-law could be submitted,
immediately took steps to have as many alterations made as possible with
the money at their disposal.    A number of doors were reported as opening
inward; this your Committee immmiately took steps to have altered, making all doors leading from the first floor and basement of all schools, to open
outward.
All pipes leading from the furnaces (where it was found necessary)
were thoroughly overhauled and protected, so that it would be impossible
for a fire to catch from any of these pipes.
The old Roberts School building seemed to be the most dangerous in 44
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case of fire, having only one stairway leading from the upper story. This
defect was remedied by the construction of two fire stairs, one on the south
and one on the north side of the school, leading from the class-rooms. As
soon as the pupils become accustomed to the use of these stairs, those in the
upper story will be able to get out of the building in case of lire as rapidly
as those from the ground floor.
In order to further protect the schools, it was deemed advisable and
necessary to have fire alarms placed at each school and connected with
the fire alarm system of the City. As this was a City matter, the Council
was written to, with a request that fire alarms be placed at each school.
Thus far we have failed to see that the City have had the work performed.
The new schools at the Roberts and Seymour, which were begun last
year, were completed about Easter and opened for school purposes.
A block of land, purchased between Fifteenth and Sixteenth Avenues
for the sum of $18,000.00, was cleared and graded at a cost of $900.00.
Competitive plans were called for the following schools, viz.: Sixteenth Avenue, and additions to Grandview, Macdonald and Kitsilano.
After receiving the drawings for the above schools, the plans were carefully gone into and awarded as follows, viz.: Sixteenth Avenue School,
to A. C. Hope, Esq.; Kitsilano School, W. T. Dalton, Esq.; Macdonald
and Grandview Schols,  Messrs.  Mitton & Strain.
Tenders for the foundations for the additions to Kitsilano, Macdonald
and Grandview Schools were called for and were awarded as follows,
viz.: Kitsilano foundation, Messrs. Baynes & Horie, $713.00; Macdonald and Grandview Schools, Messrs. T. R. Nickson & Co., $2602.00
and $2709.00 respectively.
Tenders were advertised for and opened and the contracts awarded
as follows, viz.: Sixteenth Avenue and Kitsilano Schools, Messrs. Baynes
& Horie, $50,804.00 and $10,750.00 respectively; Grandview and Macdonald Schools, Messrs. T. R. Nickson & Co., $12,600.00 each.
The new Simon Fraser School on Sixteenth Avenue was awarded to
Mr. Campbell-Hope on May 12th, 1908, in open competition with seventeen sets of other schemes submitted. . The problem presumed to have been
solved was to build a school of sixteen class-rooms at once on Sixteenth
Avenue, but so arranged that in the future it would be possible to erect
a similar building in separate portions, four rooms at a time, in such a
manner as to meet the progressive requirements of a growing neighborhood
without interfering with the school curriculum.
The bulk contract was let on July 10th, with such minor modifications
suggested by our School Superintendent, which hardly altered the original
design to the casual observer.
On December 31st, in spite of inclement weather, the last slate was Board of School Trustees
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spiked on the roof only one week behind the time anticipated by Messrs.
Baynes & Horie, the bulk contractors.
It is confidently expected that the last brush mark by Messrs. D. Grant
& Co., painters, will be made on March 31st, 1909.
This school house is so arranged that the class-rooms all open directly
out of a large two-story auditorium, or central assembly hall, from both
levels of which are four exits, making eight in total. In addition to the
fine wide dismissal stairs connecting the two levels of this assembly hall, is
a large double stairway to basement.
In the basement are Manual Training and Domestic Science classrooms, furnace room and covered playgrounds, with toilets for both sexes.
The building is constructed of a concrete and granite basement, walling
superimposed with Clayburn facing brick, having Ormura stone dressings
to the spout line, the roof being covered with local slates.
The hot air ventilation is arranged to change the air in the class-rooms
and auditorium on an average of eight times an hour and to maintain an
equal temperature of 70 degrees Fah. during the most severe winter
weather, thus saving the disorganization caused by having to close down the
school for want of warmth.
The furnaces are "Pease Economy" type, enclosed in reinforced concrete walls and ceilings, thus eliminating the fire risk usually attendant on
having the furnaces under a wooden floor.
The contract price of the building is $50,804.00, with heating and
ventilating to add, estimated at $8000.00.
The fan is of a diameter capable of delivering up to 60,000 cubic feet
of air per minute, running at a speed of 90 revolutions per minute.
Tenders were called for altering the lavatories at the Kitsilano School,
the work to be ready for the Easter opening, so as not to interfere with
the regular work of the school. This work was done under the supervision of W. T. Dalton, Esq.
Domestic Science rooms were fitted up in the Lord Roberts and Lord
Seymour Schools at a cost of about $1 000.00 each.
Two blocks of land were advertised for, one east, between Macdonald
and Grandview Schools, and one in the southeast portion of the City.
The Board found it necessary to request this Committee to have temporary buildings placed, one at the corner of Clark Drive and Ninth
Avenue, and an additional one at Mt. Pleasant and Kitsilano Schools.
The following by-law was submitted for the approval I of the ratepayers in August and carried, viz.: 46
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Changing wood to brick, Grandview, Macdonald and Kitsilano
additions    $24,500.00
4-room new brick school, Clark Drive and Ninth Avenue....   22,000.00
Alterations,   Roberts,   Seymour  and  Aberdeen  Schools   and
shrinkage of debentures,   1906-07    27,500.00
Balance of cost of land, Sixteenth Avenue School, and clearing   12,500.00
Asphalt   sidewalks,   Dawson,   Mt.   Pleasant   and   Fairview
Schools  (replacing wood)       7,500.00
Retaining wall, Aberdeen School grounds, and grading same. .     2,000.00
Advanced Manual Training equipment and building for High
School         5,075.00
Alterations to old schools for fire protection purposes    30,000.00
School site, east corner of City    14,000.00
School site, east part of City, between Grandview and Macdonald Schools    16,500.00
Janitor's residence, Model School grounds       1,000.00
- $162,575.00
As the Kitsilano, Grandview and Macdonald Schools did not have
sufficient heating capacity, we found it necessary to re-model the heating
and ventilating arrangements of these schools, in order to provide enough
heat and ventilation for the extra rooms.
When we were re-arranging the heating and ventilating apparatus
of these schools, we also deemed it advisable to have the heating controlled
by thermostatic regulation.
In connection with these school buildings, fire stairs have been constructed from the upper stories and a sufficient number of exits from basements and first floors. These exits will enable pupils to get out into the
open air instantaneously and therefore minimize the danger from fire.
Fire stairways were erected at the Dawson and Mt. Pleasant School
buildings at a cost of $600.00 each, and all the remaining schools are
being provided with fire stairs as rapidly as possible.
From past experience we have found that asphalt covering for basement floors is better than concrete, for two reasons: First, from a sanitary
standpoint; second, it is much nicer to play on, being of a soft and yielding
nature.
Immediately after the by-law was passed, the Board purchased the
two blocks of land advertised for, one east, between Macdonald and
Grandview schools, at a cost of $10,910.00, and the other in the southeast portion of the City for the sum of $9,600.00.
Tenders   were   called   for   the   clearing   of   these   blocks   and   were Board of School Trustees
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awarded to Mr. Elliott Davis for the sums of $1200 and $800 respectively.
We advertised for Chemical Fire Extinguishers to be placed in each
of the schools. Tenders were received and the contract awarded to the
Vancouver Rubber Company, theirs being the lowest tender.
In order to keep the schools in a more cleanly condition, we have had
a number of garbage cans placed at each school, with instructions issued
to the janitors that all refuse matter be placed in them.
A statement showing the amount expended in connection with this
Committee will be ready as soon as the accounts can be checked and will
be submitted for your consideration at an early date.
The work for next year promises to be fully as extensive as any
year in the past, and we trust that the Building Committee which will take
our place will endeavor to carry on the work of buildings, grounds, etc.,
in such a manner as will keep the standard fully up to the requirements.
In conclusion, your Committee beg leave to thank the Building Inspector for the valuable assistance and aid he has rendered us in the discharge of our duties. He has been thorough and painstaking in all his
work, making our labors far less arduous than they otherwise would have
been.    And we trust he will long preside over this department of our school
work.
WM.   H.   P.   CLUBB,
Chairman. 48
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Q Board of School Trustees
SCHOOL TRUSTEES
Expenditure  on   Revenue   Account   for the  Year  Ending
December   31st,   1908
Salaries—
Superintendent $    2,800
Assistant  167
Teachers    163,350
Caretakers  11,790
Secretary and Assistant  2,820
Truant  Officer.  900
Maintenance—
High School  $
Central	
Dawson	
Strathcona	
Mt.   Pleasant	
Fairview	
Roberts	
Seymour	
Model	
Kitsilano	
Grandview • • • •
Macdonald	
Aberdeen	
Contingent	
Car Fares	
Domestic Science Department	
3,237
3,278
1,458
2,625
2,438
1,842
3,768
2,345
3,294
1,179
1,164
90J
2,099
4,195
$216,771   79
(Sgd.)   G. F. BALDWIN, (Sgd.)   JOHN KENDALL, F.C.A.,
City Comptroller City Auditors
(Sgd.)   CHAS. E. HOPE, (Sgd.)   C. W. MURRAY,
Chairman, Board of School Trustees Secretary, Board of School Trustees
Amount of Ordinary Expenditure      $ 2 16,771   79
Less Amount Paid by Royal Institution  .... $    3,420 00
I     J   Government      79,761  45
 — 83,181 45
Amount Paid by City $ 133,590 34
Sinking Fund and Interest        $    34,876 83
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Board of Schooi, Trustees
LIST OF TEACHERS
With Grade of Certificate and Date of Appointment
TEACHER
certificate.
date of appointment.
Astle, Mabel 2nd March, 1908
Anderson,  Emily B. A August, 1908
Anstie, J. K 1st August, 1906
Anderson, Mary K , B. A August 1908
Anderson,  Margaret 1st January, 1908
Boak, A. E B. A August, 1907
Brough,  Thos B. A August, 1904
Bajus,   Kathleen 1st January, 1904
Barnes,   Erwin 1st February, 1908
Brunton,   Lulu \ 2nd August, 1908
Beath,   James 2nd February, 1903
Burpee,   Leila 1st August, 1904
Burns,   Margaret 2nd October, 1902
Bethune,  Catharine 2nd September, 1906
Burpee,   Ethel 1st January, 1903
Bain,   Nellie 1st August, 1908
Bryant,   Ethel 2nd November, 1907
Baynes,   Caroline 2nd August, 1908
Baker,  F.   Edna B. A. .* January, 1907
Barnes,  Catherine 2nd August, 1890
Chodat,   Henri M. A August, 1906
Crombie, I.  M B. A - August, 1908
Cowperthwaite,  F.  M.
,B. A 1890-97,    1902-08
Campbell,   Donald B. A August, 1908
Caspell,   E 1st August, 1899
Creech,  Winnifred 2nd April, 1902
Carter,  Ethel  Jane 2nd August, 1899
Carter, Hilda 2nd August, 1903
Cattell,  Dorothy 1st January, 1904
Cameron,   Tilly  Jean 1st January, 1907
Chadwick, Clara 1 1st August, 1908
Currie,  Flora  M 2nd January, 1904
Clark, Angus 1st   August, 1902
Campbell,   Jessie 1st October, 1902
Copeland,   Gertrude 2nd August, 1908
Clark,  Ethel  G 1st September, 1907
Cantelon,  Jean 1st    November, 1907
Colbeck, Mrs. A. J 2nd March, 1900
Cowan,  Susie 1 2nd August, 1908
Denton,   V.   L B. A August, 1908
Davy,  Robert N B. A October, 1906
Donald,   Sara 2nd August, 1906
Dobson, F. H B. A August, 1907
Davidson,  Augusta  J ..2nd February, 1900
Dixon, Leah 2nd January, 1907
DeBou, Ida M. S B. A February, 1908
Davidson,   Gladys 2nd August, 1905
Dickie,  Alberta Academic January, 1907
Dunning,  J.  T B.A August, 1906
Dyke,   Kathleen 2nd August, 1907
Elmsly,  Ada B 1st November, 1900
Evans, C. R 1st November, 1907
Evans,   Nelly 1st August, 1907
Eldridge, Dorothy C 2nd January, 1908
Elliott,   Margaret 2nd March, 1908
Fraser,  Mabel  1 2nd February. 1897
Fletcher. Elizabeth E 2nd August, 1893
Frith, Lilian 2nd January, 1906
Frederickson,  Gertrude 2nd January, 1907
Fisher, Jessie 2nd January, 1908
George,  Elizabeth L 2nd August, 1898
Grant,  Fannie 1 2nd December, 1907
Granger,   Constance 2nd January, 1907
Gourlie,  Wm.   G B. A August, 1907
Gray,  C.  W A. R. C. A September, 1908
Gower,   Gordon B. A August, 1908
Henry, J. K B.A August, 1893 Board of School. Trustees
TEACHER
CERTIFICATE.
date o
Hunt, Maud M. A..
Henderson, James M. A..
Hornby, Dulcie 2nd. .
Hastings, Marion ,2nd..
Huggard, Mrs. A. E 1st. . .
Hewton, Sara 2nd. .
Holloway,   Mamie 2nd..
Hamilton, J. A 2nd. .
Johnston, D.  B	
Jamieson, Anna B	
Johnson,   E.   M	
Johnston,  Bessie  ■.. .. 1st
. .August,
.January,
.January,
February,
. January,
. .August,
. .August,
  February,
B. A January,
B. A January,
2nd "*     August,
Johnstone, Marion 2nd	
Jamieson,  G. W 1st  	
King, H. B Academic   _	
Little,  D.  C. B. A Januar
Lindseth, Clara E 2nd,
LeFeuvre, Eva 1st.
Lewis,  Alice 2nd,
Lawson,  Winnifred 2nd
Leek,   Edith 2nd, ^.	
Lewis,  Margaret Academic October
LeSueur, Eva 1st January,
Leith,   Thos 1st August,
Langley,   Celia Academic August,
Laursen, Lili 1st August,
Lawrence,  Edith 2nd November,
Mathews, S. W M. A April,
Maclaren,  Louise 1st November,
Martin,   John 1 st January,
Macfarlane,   Minnie 2nd May,
Murphy, E. H 1st January,
Mayers,  F.  H B. A November,
Macfarlane,  Rachel 1st January,
Morton, Pearl 1st January,
Musgrove, Pearl 2nd August,
Macgregor,   Annabelle 2nd August,
Maxwell,  Mary 1st , August,
Milne, Helen 1st October,
Mackay,   Hattie 1st April,
McKenzie,  Mary B. A August,
McDonald,   May 1st August,
McKav,  Minnie   G 2nd March,
McEwen, Agnes E 1st August,
McKinnon.  Mary 2nd January,
McCain, Minnie C 2nd August,
MacLachlan,  Etta 1st January,
McDonagh,   Wm 1st February,
McEwen. Flora E 1st September,
McDonald, Edna 2nd August,
McKee,   Geo B. A May,
McKenzie, Margaret N.
1st January,
McNair, Muriel 2nd July,
McQueen,   Elizabeth B. A December,
McGeer,   Lucy 2nd November,
McCallum, Ada 2nd August,
McAlpine, Sara 2nd October,
McKenzie,  Grace 1st August,
Newsom,   Annie 2nd March,
Neil, Mrs. E. B 1st August,
Olding,   Elizabeth 2nd January,
Patterson,  Jean 1st January,
Parker, Edith C 2nd February,
Parkinson,  Madge 1st January,
Purdy,  Ruth 2nd January,
Paul, Margaret 1st October,
Petapiece, A. W 1st August,
Pattison,   Thos M. A February,
Robinson,  Geo. E B. A August,
Robertson.  Lemuel B. A August,
Reid, E. W B. A August,
Robinson, D. M B. A January,
Ross, Mary E B. A August,
Rines,  Alfred 1st August,
Reid,   Malcolm 2nd August,
Suter, R. W B.A.,  B.Sc October,
Salt, A. E. W B. A January,
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Board of School Trustees
TEACHER
certificate
DATE OF APPOINTMENT
Saunders,   Montague Academic August,    1906
Sedgewick, G. G B. A January,   1908
Straight,   Robert 1st August, 1907
St.   James,   Lea B.A January,   1906
Stephens, Margaret 2nd January,   1907
Sparling,  R 1st. .  .August,  1900
Smith, Annie 2nd August,   1905
Sexsmith,  Myrtle 2nd August,   1907
Sherman,  R.   S 1st February,  1903
Shine, Mrs. A. G 2nd April,   1903
Stephens,   S.   R B.A January,   1906
Shaver, M. E 2nd February,   1904
Smith, Laura 1 2nd January,    1908
Tingley,   Mary  E 1st August,    1908
Tanner, Rebecca 2nd . ; . . .August,   1900
Truswell,   Mary 1st August,   1899
Trembath,  Emily 1st.-.- February,  1900
Tom,  G.  H. 1st August, 1891
Van Blaricom,  Ida B. A January,   1 907
Woods, B. J B. A October,    1906
Whittington,   Dr.   W B. A *-. January,   1 908
Wickett, Elizabeth \. B. A January,   1907
Wilson, Fred C. B. A i . ■. January,   1908
Wilson,  Grace B.A August,   1904
Woodhead, T. W 1st August,   1908  

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