The art school will reopen | Otago Daily Times News Online

After many trials and tribulations, the Dunedin School of Art, which is now under the control of the Technical College Board of Trustees, is to be reopened for the teaching of art courses.

This gratifying fact was announced at the college board meeting yesterday, much delight being expressed when the principal (MA Marshall) reported that two able professors had been recruited to take charge of the painting and of craftsmanship.

In making the announcement, Mr Marshall said telegrams had been received from Home notifying that the High Commissioner (Sir James Allen) and two professors from the Royal College of Art in London had selected two masters for the Dunedin School of Art.

The first of them is Mr. Thomas Jenkins, holder of a diploma from the Royal College of Art in London, who in addition to being the professor of painting will take charge of the management of the school and will virtually occupy the position of director.

The other is Mr. Frederick Ellis, also a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. He was appointed to take charge of the craft section of the school and will be known as the master craftsman.

Mr Ellis leaves England this month on the steamer Taimu, and is expected to reach Dunedin in time to open school immediately after the Easter holidays.

Juvenile offenses

Yesterday in Juvenile Court Mr. HY Widdowson SM disposed of an adjourned charge against a 14 year old boy for stealing money from a box factory. As the boy had behaved well in the meantime, he was reprimanded and fired.

A 13-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to stealing a bicycle and pump in Mornington has had his case adjourned for a year and placed under the absolute supervision of the juvenile probation officer (MT McCarroll) for the period.

The bicycle and pump had to be returned, or payment of 5 shillings made for the latter item.

Two 14-year-old boys, who admitted cycling on the pavement in Richardson Street, St Kilda, were reprimanded and sacked. Sub-Inspector Eccles, to show the danger of the practice, mentioned that only the other day a little girl who was running out of the school grounds was knocked down by a cyclist riding on the sidewalk.

He added that it was not necessary, because the road was not bad. Two other boys, aged 11 and 13 respectively, pleaded guilty to causing damage
to a city water cart for £1.

According to Sub-Inspector Eccles, the boys found a crowbar and began drilling a hole in the water tank and letting all the water out.
The damages had been paid and the authorities had asked for the charges to be withdrawn, but by then the summons had been issued.

Mr McCarroll said the boys came from a thoroughly respectable home and had good characters. They were warned by the magistrate not to interfere in the property of others and acquitted.

High school roll up

Student enrollment at Otago Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools since the start of the first term last week is either easily a record in the schools’ history.

At the girls’ school, 189 new pupils have been enrolled, compared to 171 at the same stage last year, and the total number of pupils is now 458, compared to 394 last year, an increase of 64.

In the boys’ school, new enrollment is 234, up from 218, and the current total enrollment is 590.

This is an increase of 63 from last year’s 527 registrations, or 35 more than the previous best total.

This large influx of new students makes it necessary to recruit three new teachers for the girls’ school and two for the boys’ school.

The presbytery attached to the boys’ high school is well filled.

Small occupied coal mines

The small mines are now producing a lot of coal, judging by the constant travel of their wagons and the number of new men employed (writes the Kaitangata correspondent to the Free Press). The demand for their coal looks good.

—ODT, 16.2.1922.

Kayleen C. Rice