Submitted by Christine Gorman
Inspector McCormac's Copy Book Competition
Published in the Daily Examiner, July 30, 1901.
To encourage teachers to pay more attention to penmanship in the school, and also to give encouragement to the pupils, that they might write nearly and legibly, Inspector McCormac offered thirty neatly gotten up and tastefully printed diplomas for competition among the schools of the Eastern Inspectorate. The competition opened on August 15th, 1900, and closed on June 15th last. Quite a number of the schools of the Eastern Inspectorate sent up copy books for examination, and in some grades, especially the 3rd and 5th, the competition was very keen, and it was a very difficult and exacting task to value the copies. The work of examination has just been completed, and the following are the successful competitors:
GRADE II B Carl Stewart, age 9 yrs, Red Point School, Miss M. A. Dunbar, teacher;
Henry McEwen, age 9, Bridgetown, Miss E. F. Ayers, teacher;
Austin McDonald, age 11, Fortune Bridge, Miss Irene McBeth, teacher;
Bertha Clay, age 8, Bridgetown, Miss E. F. Ayers, teacher;
Peter S. Campbell, age 8, Fortune Bridge, Miss Irene McBeth, teacher.
GRADE III B Dennis Byrne, age 8, Sinnot Road school, Thomas Grant, teacher;
Bessie McPhee, age 10, Martinvale school, Miss Grace Gordon, teacher;
James Banks, age 11, Annandale school, C. O. Howlett, teacher;
Ethel McLean, age 11, Blanche Bissett, age 11, Cardigan school, Miss Carrie McCormack teacher.
Pearl Robertson, age 11, Mt. Hope school, Miss B. A. Mathews, teacher.
GRADE IV B Agnes Bradley, age 11, St. Teresa=s school, Miss Maggie P. Gillis, teacher;
Ella McPhee, age 12, Rock Barra school, Miss Minnie McDonald, teacher;
Minnie McLeod, age 13, Bridgetown school, Miss E. F. Ayers, teacher;
Loretta Campbell, age 11, St. Teresa=s school, Miss Maggie P. Gillis, teacher;
Wylie Aitken, age 10, Fortune Bridge school, Miss Irene McBeath, (?) teacher.
GRADE V B Olive M. McLeod, age 10, Gladstone school, Miss Eva McEachern, teacher;
Katie A. McLeod, age 15 (or 13), Dalmency School, J. A. Gillis, teacher;
Amy Bissett, age 12, Cardigan School, Miss G. M. McDonald, teacher;
Maggie Byrne, age 12, Sinnot Road school, Thomas Grant, teacher;
Winnie McLaren, age 12, Cardigan school, Miss G. W. McDonald, teacher;
Belle Martin, age 11, Bridgetown school, Miss E. F. Ayers, teacher;
Jessie E. Campbell, age 10, Heatherdale school, Alex McLeod, teacher;
Bella Bears, age 12, Brooklyn school, Miss Effie McKinnon, teacher;
Raymond L. McDonald, age 13, Greenvale school, A. A. Mooney, teacher.
GRADE VI B Cassie Squarebriggs, age 14, Fortune Head school, Miss Ada Underhay, teacher;
May Grant, age 13, Gladstone school, Miss Eva McEachern, teacher;
Jean M. Gillis, age 15, Montague school, J. A. McDonald, teacher;
Katie Nicholson, age 12, Brooklyn school, Miss McKinnon teacher;
Lorne McDougall, age 13, Rollo Bay West, C. J. McLean, teacher.
Owing to there being no competition in Grade 1, the five diplomas allotted to that grade are awarded to grades 3 and 5, where the competition was very keen. The diplomas will be forwarded to the successful candidates as soon as pressure of official duties will permit Mr. McCormac's doing so.