St Joseph's School

Border Watch - Saturday, June 15, 1867 - PENOLA (From our own correspondent) June 13, 1867

On Tuesday an examination of the children attending St Joseph’s School, Penola, took place in the new school-room, which is a fine room 40ft by 20ft and about 14ft high.

Schoolhouse InkpotThe Rev M O’Connor presided on the occasion and was assisted by Messrs McArthur, McDonald, Clarke and Artaud, members of the Catholic Local Board of Education in connection with the school.

There were a large number of scholars present, and after a strict examination of several hours the following prizes were awarded:

First Class – General Proficiency

  • 1st division – 1. Lexy Cameron;
  • 2nd division – 1. M. Wilson; 2. S. Hester;
  • 3rd division – 1. C. Beaton; 2. M. Brett.

Second Class – General Proficiency

  • 1st division – 1. Lizzie Egan; 2. Nellie Kirby.
  • 2nd division
    • Reading – 1. E Hester; 2. F. McInnis;
    • Geography – 1. F. McDonald; 2. J. McDonald;
    • Writing – 1. F. McInnis.

Third Class

  • Reading – 1. Annie Hester; 2. A. Kirby;
  • grammar – 1. Annie Hester;
  • geography – 1. Annie Hester; 2. A. Kirby;
  • Writing – 1. Annie Hester.

Fourth Class

  • Reading - 1. Mary Kirby; 2. Elizabeth Hester;
  • History - Kate McDonald and Mary Kirby equal;
  • Geography - 1. Kate McDonald; 2 Mary Kirby;
  • Writing – 1. Mary Sutton.
  • English Composition – Subject, “The duties of children to their parents” – 1. Kate McDonald.

General Prizes

  • Good conduct – F. McInnis;
  • Obedience – Mary Kirby ;
  • Tidiness – Kate McDonald;
  • Fancy work – Kate McDonald.

The examiners were well satisfied with the progress of the children, who are making rapid steps under the able instruction of the Misses McKillop. After the examination the children were treated to a feast, comprising all the delicacies of the season, and the remainder of the evening was spent in dancing and games, in which old and young joined, to promote the pleasure of the juveniles. The examiners awarded a holiday next day to enable them to recover from their exertions.