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 44 Vio. Correspondence—"Wellington School. 455
RETURN
To an Order of the House, dated 31st January, 1881, for copies of all correspondence
between the present Superintendent of Education and the Trustees of the
"Wellington School.
T. B. Humphreys,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
7th February, 1881.
Copy of Circular to Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 20th September, 1878.
Gentlemen,—I am directed to inform you that no provision has been made by the
Legislature for the incidental expenses of heating and cleaning the Public Schools of the
Province. It will therefore be your duty to do whatever you may judge expedient
with regard to warming and keeping in order your district school (Consolidated Public
School Act, 1876, sec. 30), provided always, that no liability so incurred is chargeable to
the Government.
I am further directed to request you to forward me your accounts to date, in full
and in detail, for the information of the Government, and for the probable payment of
all outstanding liabilities, should funds for the purpose be available.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
"Wellington, September 27th, 1878.
Sir,—I have the honour to state in reply to your letter that, so far, no liabilities have
been incurred for this year, all liabilities having been paid up for last year by " school
rent" for Societies' meetings, at a small sum of $1 per month to defray the expenses of
cleaning the school. As to the heating of the school for this winter, we (the trustees)
shall do our best until such time as the school grant will be received.
Tours, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
Secretary-Treasurer Trustee Board.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
"Wellington, May 19th, 1879.
Sir,—I beg leave to apply for the sum granted by the Government for incidentals
incurring on this school. I have at present contracted a small debt on the school, viz.:
pickets for fencing around the school, and other little jobs the trustees wish.to have done.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
Secretary-Treasurer Trustee Board. 456 Correspondence—Wellington School. 1881
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 22nd May, 1879.
Sir,—The practice of sending the money for incidental expenses in a lump sum to
trustees is now discontinued. According to the School Act, and the Revenue Act, 1879,
a statement of items for which money is needed must first be forwarded to this office,
and if approved of, trustees will be authorized to incur the liability, and the liability so
incurred will be paid through the Government Agent in your district.
I forward blank vouchers on which are to be made out your liabilities to date, one
voucher for each creditor. I also forward School Act, 1879, and Rules and Regulations
for Schools, 1879.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
Wellington, B. O, June 26th, 1879.
Sir,—The following improvements are requested by the Trustee Board, Wellington
Public School:—
Putting pickets on fence, and repairing the same  $2 50
Scrubbing and washing school house     2 50
Door lock for school     2 00
Cleaning out-houses     3 00
Total $10 00
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
For Trustee Board.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 30th June, 1879.
Sir,—Tou are hereby authorized, in answer to your letter of 26th inst., to repair
the fence of the school, to clean the school and out-houses, and to put a lock on the door
of the school house, to the amount of $10. Messrs. Dunsmuir, Diggle & Co.'s bill will
also be attended to and paid by 31st;July, it having arrived too late for this month's
requisition.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 9 th August, 1879.
SIR—Mr. Thain informs me that he is so over-crowded that he has no seats for the
children. Should you deem it necessary, will you apply as soon as possible to remedy
this state of thin^o ?
I have forwarded Dunsmuir, Diggle & Co., a cheque for $12. This amount, with Mr.
Ganner's $2, leaves your school $26 to be still expended for 1879.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education. 44 Vic
Correspondence—Wellington School.
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Correspondence—Wellington School.
1881
Annual Eeport.—Concluded.
table e.—full returns op receipts and expenditure by trustee board during the year.
1878-79.
RECEIPTS.
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1878.
November llth .
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1879.
January 14th ...
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April 12th	
4 00
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EXPENDITURE.
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$33 50
(Signed)      GEO. THOMSON,)
ARCHD. COVVIE, J- Trustees.
RALPH CRAIG, J
per J. T.
Trustees to Superintendent of Education.
Wellington, January 30th, 1880.
Sir,—Enclosed find a voucher for coal hauling for your signature. Would you
please send me a few blank vouchers, and to save trouble of sending back one for your
signature, would you sign one to the amount of $1.50 for repairing school clock.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
Sec.-Treas., Board of Trustees.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Oepice,
Yictoria, 2nd February, 1880.
Sir,—I forward a dozen blank vouchers for the use of your school. When you have
filled up a voucher, such voucher must be sent to me for signature, and it must also
receive the auditor's signature after that. You will now understand that I cannot sign
a blank voucher. The voucher last sent will be paid at the end of the month. Send any
more you may have, not later than 25th instant.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Yictoria, 4th March, 1880.
Sir,—The Government Agent will pay the enclosed vouchers:—■
JohnEereday.  $1 50
Eobt. Hall     4 00
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education, 44 Vic. Correspondence—Wellington School. 459
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Yictoria, 3rd April, 1880.
Sir,—I have forwarded to Mr. Pimbury a voucher entitling him to be paid $2 for
supplies to your school. Mr. Harvey, of Nanaimo, has a sum of $9 to his credit from
your school. He can draw the amount at Nanaimo, by sending a proper voucher. The
balance of incidental expenses money to your credit is $29 50.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Yictoria, 9th June, 1880.
Sir,—I have forwarded in another parcel printed notices, &c. Your teacher has
received from me the form for making out the annual reports. They are to be filled by
him in those parts in which he is concerned, and are to be then forwarded to you in
time to be used at your annual meeting. Eetain one of each of the duplicate forms for
the use of your board, and please to fill up and forward the other to me.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
Wellington, July 12th, 1880.
Sir,—I beg to inform you of the result of the late election of one trustee for the
Wellington Public School, in place of myself, my term of office having expired. The
usual notices were posted at least two weeks in advance, and on the day of election not
one put in an appearance except the two other trustees. Such has been the case in
previous elections in this place. Now, I do not wish to act as a trustee again, as I have
held the office of secretary and treasurer now for three years. Should another election
be called, the result, I am confident, would be the same.
I also forward to you the teacher's and trustee report for last year, and I would
state, at this time of the year, and vacation on hand, that the school should be renovated.
It is in a very filthy condition.   Ee-painting and a general clean out is what is required.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Yictoria, 15th July, 1880.
Sir,—I forward the enclosed voucher for $6, to be given to Dunsmuir, Diggle & Co.,
in payment of your school debt to them. The Government agent will pay. The vote for
your school for 1880-81, is $40.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education. 460
Correspondence—Wellington School.
1881
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Correspondence—Wellington School.
461
Annual Keport.—Concluded.
TABLE E.— FULL RETURNS OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURE BY TRUSTEE BOARD DURING THE YEAR.
1879.
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(Signed)
GEO. THOMSON,
ARCHD. COWIE,
AARON GARLAND
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Trustees.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 8th September, 1880.
Sir,—I forward a voucher, payable at Nanaimo by the Government Agent, for Mrs.
Hoskins, for $5.    The amount comes out of the vote to 30th June, 1881.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
Wellington, December 14th, 1880.
Sir,—Enclosed find voucher for scrubbing school.   Please to return for payment by
return mail, as the party is desirous of the money.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
Secretary Board of Trustees.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 16th December, 1880.
Sir,—1 have received your letter of the 14th instant, and have to state in reply
that the voucher sent by you will be paid at the end of the month. In the Education
Department, accounts are paid once a month, so that you will not have to wait very
long.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education. 462 Correspondence—Wellington School. 1881
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 4th January, 1881.
Sir,—I forward a voucher for Mrs. Smithurst for $10.    The Government Agent at
Nanaimo will pay.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Trustees to the Superintendent of Education.
Wellington, January 14th, 1881.
Sir,—Enclosed find voucher to amount of $27.50, for desks to Wellington Public
School. The amount will exceed the vote by $5.75, including previous payments; could
not be helped, as it was necessary to place the extra seats in the school.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Geo. Thomson,
Secretary Board of Trustees.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 17th January, 1881.
Sir,—The voucher sent down by you by last mail is, as you say, in excess of the
balance of the incidental expense vote of your school. I have therefore made out two
vouchers in its place, so that tho one may be paid as soon as possible, and the other
when you are again in funds. If they meet with your approval, sign them in the
proper place, and return them to this office.
I have, &c,
(Signed) C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.
Petition.
To C. C. McKenzie, Esq., Superintendent of Education:
Sia(—We, tho undersigned parents and guardians, beg to append our names, together with the number of children of each, who attend, or would attend, the Public
School at Wellington, with the following object, viz.: to protest against the present
state of the school house, the insufficiency of the means of teaching, and the niggardly
amount of money spent for educational purposes at Wellington; also to ask that the
school house be improved and enlarged, its grounds enclosed, and an additional teacher
be provided.
We say that we are shamefully neglected. We say that the whole concern is a
disgrace to the Province, a disgrace to the Government, a disgrace to the place, and a
disgrace to the educational system and management of any country.
We put the matter thus strongly, because all former representations have been
completely ignored, and we feel it necessary for the same reason to publish this petition.
The school house is 29 feet long, 19 feet wide, and 13 feet high. There are 79
scholars on the school roll, and there would be more were it not for the disgusting,
unhealthy, and—if the inculcation of cleanliness and decency be a branch of moral
training—immoral state of the buildings.
There are two small water-closets within a few feet and in full view of each other,
for boys  and girls of all ages, and there is no partition.   You are aware of these facts. 44 Vic
Correspondence—Wellington School.
463
You, as the head of education in the Province, must see the absurd incapacity of
the house, and the impossibility that one teacher can do justice to himself or his scholars
in their mental or moral training. We are of opinion that the present teacher, a most
efficient, hard-working gentleman, is over-worked and under-paid.
We think that for the present it would be more consistent with judicious economy
to enlarge the present building, and to add a teacher for the younger children, than to
build a second school house, which, however, will be necessary in another year or two.
We conclude with this: It is now over a year and a half since Wellington, with its
79 scholars, and a school population of 229, and being 70 miles distant from the Capital,
has been visited by the Superintendent of Education.
We are, Sir,
Your obedient servants,
Names.
[Geo. Thomson	
Trustees < Aaron Garland	
>';T    (Archd. Cowie	
George Vipond	
George B. Lockway	
Thomas S. Brown	
W.[Macnaughton Jones, M.D,
John Curry	
J. Blessing	
George Williams ,
John Thompson ,
Absalom Uren ,
Annie Carstairs	
D. McKay	
Thomas Munro	
George McGarrigle	
Ralph Hardy ,
John Cravein	
Ba lph Craig	
James Haggart	
A. Cameron	
J. Vreethy	
S. Harris	
No. OF
Children.
Names.
R. Drew	
J. G. Stewart	
Robert Beauehamp
James Sharpe	
Thomas Wall	
M. A. Hoskin	
W. Emmanuel	
T. S. Brown	
Elijah Smethurs  ..,
M. Campbell	
Archd. McAliston.
Peter Morrison	
S. Hudson	
Mark Churchill	
John Bryden	
A. E. Hilbert	
Wm. Tregonnen...
Joseph Ramsay	
Robert Scott	
Wm. Wearn	
William Noye	
Zebulem Crane	
No. op
Children.
The Superintendent of Education to the Trustees.
Education Office,
Victoria, 17th January, 1881.
Sir,—I acknowledge the receipt of a communication signed by your trustee board
and others the parents of the children attending the Wellington school.
I have to take exception to your assertion that all your former representations have
been completely ignored.    You have made none.
The water-closets of your school should have been attended to by your board from
the time they were first put up until now, and by your board alone. Instead of doing
so last year, you allowed to lapse and failed to expend the sum of $32.50, the uncalled
for balance of the incidental expense money allowed by vote of the Legislative Assembly
for Wellington school to 30th June, 1880.
My object in writing now, however, is scarcely to defend myself from attack but to
request you to place the needs and requirements of your district in such a business-like
shape that they may be intelligently considered—as for instance, the nature of the
recommended addition to the school building, with probable cost; also the amount you
will require beyond the usual $40 for incidental expenses, &c.
Should a second or assistant teacher be considered necessary, please to state the
grounds for such necessity. An enrolment of 79 in the school register is no guide;
average attendance alone can be so considered.
I have, &c.
(Signed)        C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education. 464 Correspondence—Wellington School. 1881
Statistical remarks on the statements contained in the letter sent to the Superintendent of Education by the parents of the children attending Wellington School, and
published in the Colonist newspaper:
1879-80.
24 of those who signed the letter sent no children to school.
*i » » »      40 „ „
Of these 40 children,    1 was under age;
5 attended between 1 and 7 days;
2 attended 13 days or less;
3 attended less than 30 days;
3 attended less than 45 days, &e.
Of the 79 children enrolled on the register,
9 have left Wellington for stated places;
4 have left for parts unknown;
2 left school to go to work.
Thirty-six is the average daily attendance of the school.
The size of the school room is said to be 29 feet long, 19 feet wide, and 13 feet high,
or contains 7163 cubic feet.
The following is an extract from the compendium of school law and regulations,
Education Department, Ontario:
" Thus, for instance, a room for 50 children would require space for 6,000 cubic feet
of air, and this would be equal to a cube of the following or equivalent dimensions in
feet, viz.: 30 feet by 20 feet by 10 feet, which is equivalent to a room 30 feet long by 20
feet wide by 10 feet high."
C. C. McKenzie,
Superintendent of Education.

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