Open-air schools advocated

A view from the fishing station, at the Nuggets, near Port Molyneux. - Otago Witness, 9.4.1919.
A view from the fishing station, at the Nuggets, near Port Molyneux. - Otago Witness, 9.4.1919.
A report from Dr Colquhoun, strongly recommending open-air schools, was brought before the notice of the Otago Education Board yesterday, and a brief discussion on the subject ensued.

The chairman (Mr J. Wallace) said that he was not entirely in favour of Dr Colquhoun's recommendation of open-air schools in this part of New Zealand. The doctor had stated that they were in existence at Timaru, but the climate there was vastly different from that of Dunedin. He thought the board had not done so badly in sanctioning out-of-door schools in any place which could show a suitable spot where they could be used. The objection was that it was only in fine weather that such schools could be used. However, wherever they existed, they were widely used in good weather. It might be useful if, in any future plans, provision were made for more out-door class rooms - that was to say, rooms that could be opened out or closed up, as occasion required. But in the Otago climate he questioned if the pupils in winter could stand out-door schools without heating apparatus. It might be said that if children were properly clad they would be all right, but the climate of Otago was so changeable that a child might be clothed suitably in the morning and in the afternoon the clothing might be quite unsuitable. He thought Dr Colquhoun was on the right track, in bringing the matter before the board's attention, and the question should not be shelved, but at present the speaker was not prepared to go as far as Dr Colquhoun suggested. Children should be encouraged to stay out of doors as much as possible, but their proper warmth and comfort should also be attentively studied. The Hon. D. T. Fleming said he thought open-air schools were a very good thing, and should be encouraged wherever possible. Chief Inspector Fleming said he hoped the board would give the matter its careful consideration. In Chicago there were open-air schools, and children were often out in them when the snow was falling. It was decided to get a report on the subject from the architect and the senior inspector.

Port Molyneux booked out

The boarding-houses at Port Molyneux are reported to be fully booked up for the accommodation of visitors during the Easter holidays. At present there is a keen demand for building sections along the seafront. High prices also rule for small allotments in the shade and shelter of the fine native bush which fringes the sea coast. During the height of the holiday season many visitors - whole families sometimes - prefer the use of tents to sleep in, and these white calico homes, nestling among the natural shelter of pine or other lofty trees, give an added charm to the natural beauty of the locality.

Anzac Day celebrations

The correct method of celebrating Anzac Day was briefly discussed at the meeting of the Otago Education Board yesterday. The chairman (Mr J. Wallace) said that it was not a day of pleasure, and he did not approve of the children being given a whole holiday. He thought that they might be given special lectures in history and civics, and similar subjects, on that day. It was decided to issue a circular to teachers containing a recommendation to this effect. A half-holiday will probably be given.

- ODT, 9.4.1919.

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