The Question, as further amended, was then put and resolved in the following form:- That the existing Scheme of reward cards, prizes and certificates (Appendix vi. of the code for Teachers) be cancelled ; and that the following Scheme be adopted in its place:-
REWARD CARDS, PRIZES MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES.
I.- Reward Cards, Prizes and Medals.
(i.) That there be reward cards, prizes and medals.
(ii.) That the reward cards be awarded to every full-time scholar who has attended punctually on every occasion, save three, on which the school has been opened during a quarter of the school-year. Reward cards may be awarded to half-time scholars who have attended punctually five times each week during a quarter of the school-year save on single occasion. A child promoted from the Infant's department to a senior department shall be credited with any punctual attendances made in the Infant's department in the same school year.
(iii.) That punctual attendance shall mean attendance at school at 9 o'clock in the morning and 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Each head teacher must adopt the following method of distinctively marking each "punctual" attendance, viz. : - by calling the roll exactly at 9 o'clock and 2 o'clock, marking each child's attendance in red ink, calling the roll again at the time of closing the registers, marking the attendance of each child who has entered the school since the first enrolment in black ink.
(iv.) That every full-time scholar who has attended punctually on every occasion, save fifteen, on which the school has been open shall be entitled to a book prize; and that every half-time scholar who has attended punctually five times each week during the school-year, save on seven occasions, shall also be entitled to a book prize.
(v.) That every full-time scholar who has attended punctually on every occasion on which the school has been open during the school-year, and every half-time scholar who has attended punctually half the times during which the school has been open during the school-year, shall be entitled to a medal, in addition to a prize under section (iv.)
(vi.) That the value of the book for children in standard I. be 1s.; in standard II., be 1s. 6d.; in standard III., be 2s.; in standard IV., be 2s. 6d.; in standard V., be 3s.; in standard VI. and upwards, be 3s. 6d.; and that of the book or reward for infants be 6d. or under. The girls on standard III. and upwards may choose work-boxes of equal value, if they prefer them to books.
(vii.) That in each case the granting of a reward card, prize or medal, shall be subject to a report from the head teacher that the conduct of the child has been good. The money-value of the prize will be determined by the standard in which the name of the scholar is recorded upon the examination schedule.
(viii.) That it is desirable that these prizes and medals should be distributed publicly, wherever practicable, by the divisional members or local managers.
(ix.) That at the close of each school year the head teacher must send, to the Head Office, a list of duly qualified scholars who are entitled to prizes and medals. This list is to be prepared from the attendance registers for that year, and it must show the standards the scholars were in at the end of the
school-year. the list must also be certified by the managers as being in accordance with the above regulations. Together with this list must be forwarded, in duplicate, a requisition, on the proper form, for the required prizes and medals. The applications for reward cards must be sent quarterly to the Head Office in duplicate, on the proper form.
(x.) That all prizes and medals not distributed within three months from the date of issue must be returned to the Store. (The prizes are now stamped with the date of issue.)
Note. - The above scheme will come into operation from the beginning of the next school-year, but any child who at that time posses a card gained within the preceding year, and who shall, during the first quarter the new school-year attend punctually in accordance with the old regulations every the time the school shall be open (half-time scholars making five attendances weekly) shall be entitled to a prize, and the attendances made during that quarter shall also be taken into account as part of the attendances required to entitle a child to a prize or medal at the end of the school-year.
(i.) That certificates be given in the senior departments to all standard children who have passed the annual government examination in all the "elementary subjects," and that these certificates certify the standard and specific subject (if any) in which the child has passed.
(ii.) The duplicate examination schedule will show which children are entitled to certificates. Application for these certificates should be made to the Head Office on the form prepared for the purpose, and should be in duplicate. The certificates must be properly filled in by the head teacher, and distributed publicly, wherever practicable, by the divisional members or local managers.
On the motion of W. Roston Bourke, Esq. (Chairman of the Rota Sub-Committee of the School Management Committee), Resolutions were adopted in accordance with the recommendations of paragraphs 20 and 21 of the report of the School Management Committee of the 19th February, 1886.