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No. 11.-INSTRUCTIONS for making Application for Aid APPENDIX A. towards Building National School-houses. IV. Official
SIR,— We have to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter requesting Aid towards the Building of a National School.
For the sake of uniformity, and to facilitate official reference, we enclose two Blank Forms, upon which we are to request you will make your application, forwarding to us duplicate copies of it.
We are to observe, that the following are the principal heads of information which it is necessary all applications should contain:
1. The name by which the proposed School is to be designated.—2. The situation of the proposed site, as to County, Parish, Townland, and Barony.-3. Name and profession of the person making a Lease of the site, under what title lie makes the Lease.-4. The length of Tenure.—5. The Rent (if any).-6. The expected attendance of Children, Male and Female-Whether one or two School-rooms will be required. -7. Name and address of Correspondent.
All applications must be signed by the parties making them ; and it is particularly requested that their religious denominations (distinguishing the Clergy from the Laity) may be stated.
In supplying the foregoing “ heads of information," the Commissioners do not mean to prescribe any form of application from which you are not to deviate-they propose them merely for your assistance, and to facilitate the Inspector of the District in making the necessary inquiries.
As soon as you forward to us your application, in duplicate, upon the blank sheets herewith sent, we shall direct the Inspector of the District to appoint a convenient time to wait upon you for the purpose of inquiring into all the circumstances of the case, and procuring such further information as the Commissioners inay require; upon the receipt of his report, the application will be considered in the order of its date.
We beg to state, for your further information, that where the Commissioners make a grant for the erection of a Schoolhouse, they will require the Premises to be vested in them in their Corporate capacity, for the purpose of National Educacation, before the works are commenced ; and no Grant will be made unless a satisfactory Lease for sixty years, or longer can be given, or for at least three lives, or thirty-one years.
Although the Commissioners do not absolutely refuse aid towards the erection of School-houses on ground connected with a place of Worship, yet they much prefer having them erected on ground which is not so connected, where it can be obtained; they therefore expect that, before Church, Chapel, or Meeting-house ground be adopted as the site of a Schoolhouse, strict inquiry be made whether another convenient site can be obtained, and that the result shall be stated to them.
APPENDIX A. The cost of the house, including privies, is determined by
the number of Children which it is intended to accommodate, IV. Official Forms. allowing six square feet per Child. The Commissioners
consider a sum not exceeding £1 for eachi, to be suficient for the purpose, of which they will contribute two-thirds ; the remaining one-third must be locally raised : for example, a School-house capable of accommodating one hundred Children should contain an area of six hundred square feet. The expense of erecting such a Building, including privies, should not exceed £100. Of this sum, the proportion granted by the Commissioners is £66 13s. 4d., being the two-thirds.
The quantity of furniture is also determined by the number of Children, and one-third of the whole cost must, in like manner, be locally raised.
Where a Grant is made for building a School-house, the applicants are bound to a strict observance of the Rules of the Board, a copy of which is transmitted herewith.
We are also to acquaint you, that the Commissioners, being desirous of complying with the increasing claims made upon them for assistance, will have no objection to entertain applications for Salary and Books, wherever temporary Schools can be established, until the new Building, should a Grant be made for the purpose, can be opened for the reception of the Pupils.
Should you consider it desirable to avail yourself of such assistance, you are requested to intimate it to us without los3 of time, in order that the necessary forms of application may be forwarded to you.
The conditions upon which Salary and Books will be awarded are these :-That the School-louse be in good repair ; that it be provided with suitable Furniture ; that a competent Teacher or Teachers be appointed, and the School in operation attended by a sutficient number of Children.
You are requested to observe that the Commissioners are prevented by the rules laid down for their guidance, from allocating any portion of the Parliamentary Grant towards the repairs of any School-houses, except those that are vested in themselves.
We are desired to state for your further information, that the rule of the Commissioners is to restrict their aid EXCLUSIVELY TO SALARY AND Books, except to Schools towards the erection of which they may consider it proper to contribute, and which, as already stated, must be vested in them for the purposes of National Education.
We are, Sir,
APPENDIX A. V. Practical Rules for Teachers.
1. Twelve PRACTICAL Rules for the TEACHERS of
1. The Teachers of National Schools are required–To keep at least one copy of the GENERAL LEsson suspended conspicuvusly in the School-room, and to inculcate the principles contained in it on the minds of their l’upils.
2. To exclude from the School, except at the hours set apart for Religious Instruction, all Catechisms and Books inculcating peculiar religious opinions.
3. To avoid fairs, markets, and meetings—but above all, POLITICAL meetints of every kind ; to abstain from controversy ; and to do nothing either in or out of School which might have a tendency to confine it to any one denomination of Children.
4. To keep the Register, Report Book, and Class Lists accurately and neatly, and accorling to the precise form prescribeil by the Board.
5. To classify the Children according to the National School Books; to study those Books themselves; and to teach according to the improved method, as pointed out in their several prefaces.
6. To observe themselves, and to impress upon the minds of their Pupils, the great rule of regnlarity and order—A TIME AND A PLACE FOR EVERY THING, AND EVERY TIIING IN ITS PROPER
TIME AND PLACE.
7. To promote, both by precept and example, CLEANLINESS, YZATNESS, and DECENCY. To effect this the Teachers should set an example of cleanliness aud neatness in their own person, and in the state and general appearance of their Schools. They should also satisfy themselves, by personal inspection every morning, that the Children have had their hands anıl faces wasbed, their bair combed, and clothes cleaned, and, when necessary, mended. The School apartments, too, should be swept and dusted every evening, and white-washed at least once a year.
8. To pay the strictest attention to the morals and general conduct of their Pupils and to omit no opportunity of inculcating the principles of Truth and HONESTY : the duties of respect to superiors and obedience to all persons placed in authority over them.
9. To cvince a regard for the improvement and general welfare of their Pupils, to treat them with kindness, combined with firmness, and to aim at governing them by their affections and reason, rather than by harshness and severity.
10. To cultivate kindly and affectionate feelings among their Pupils; to discountenance quarrelling, cruelty to animals, and every approach to vice.
11. To record in the School Report Book the amount of all
APPENDIX A. grants made by the Board, and the purposes for which they V. Practical
12. To take strict care of the FREE STOCK of Books granted by the Board ; and to endeavour to keep the School constantly supplied with National School Books and requisites, for sale to the Children, at the reduced prices charged by the Commissioners.
VI. Rules GENERAL RULES and REGULATIONS as to the APPOINTand Regula MENT, EXAMINATION, and CLASSIFICATION of TEACHERS tions as to Appointment, Ex and MONITORS, &c. &c. amination, and Classification of 1. APPOINTMENT AND CLASSIFICATION OF TEACHERS. Teachers, Monitors, &c., &c.
1. The appointment of Teachers rests with the Local Patrons and Committees of Schools, but the Commissioners are to be satisfied with the fitness of each, both as to character and general qualification ; and the Local Patrons have the power of removing the Teachers of their own authority. The Teacher should be a person of Christian sentiment, of calm temper, and discretion ; he should be imbued with a spirit of peace, of obedience to the law, and of loyalty to his Sovereign ; he should not only possess the art of communicating knowledge, but be capable of moulding the mind of youth, and of giving to the power which education confers a useful direction. These are the qualities for which Patrons of Schools, when making choice of Teachers, should anxiously look. They are those which the Commissioners are anxious to find, to encourage, and to reward.
2. The Commissioners have provided a Normal Establishment in Marlborough-street, Dublin, for training Teachers, and educating persons who are intended to undertake the charge of Schools; and they do not sanction the appointment of a Teacher to any School, unless he shall have been previously trained at the Normal Establishment, or shall have been pronounced duly qualified by the Inspector of the District in which the School is situated.
3. Teachers selected by the Commissioners for admission to the Normal Establishment, must produce a Certificate of good character from the officiating Clergyman of the communion to which they belong ; and must pass through an examination in the Books published by the Commissioners. They are to be boarded and lodged at the establishments provided by the Board for the purpose, in Dublin, and at Glasnevin, in the immediate neighbourhood of Dublin, to which latter an Agricultural Department is attached. They are to receive Religious Instruction from their respective Pastors, who attend on Tuesdays at the Normal' Establishment; and on Sundays
they are required to attend their respective places of Wor- APPENDIX A. ship; and a vigilant superintendence is at all times exercised vi. Rules over their moral conduct.
and Regula4. They are to attend upon five days in the week at the tions as to ApTraining and Model Schools
, where lectures are delivered on amination, and different branches of knowledge, and where they are practised Classification of in the art of Teaching. They are to receive instruction in Teachers, Mo. Agriculture daily, and they attend on Saturdays at the Farm, nitors, &c., &c. at Glasnevin, which is conducted under the direction of the Commissioners, and where they see theory reduced to practice, They undergo a final examination at the close of their course, and each will then receive a certificate according to his deserts. The course of Training at present occupies a period of four months and a-half, and for a considerable time previous to their being summoned, they are required to prepare themselves for the course.
5. Teachers of Schools unconnected with the National Board, if properly recommended, are also admitted to attend the Normal Establishment, as day pupils, without any charge for tuition ; but such persons maintain theniselves at their own expense.
6. All Teachers, appointed after the 1st of April, 1851, who have not been previously classed by the Professors or by a Board of Inspectors, shall be paid as Probationers, until they be examined at the first General or Special Examination held in the district subsequently to their appointment. Those who then obtain classification, will be paid from the commencement of their service under the Board according to the rate of salary attached to their class.
7. This rule will not extend to any teachers who, when summoned, shall fail, from any cause whatever, to present themselves for examination.
8. All Teachers who have been unsuccessful at their first examination, and who may be retained on trial, shall receive the salary of the class to which they may be promoted at any subsequent examination, from the commencement of the quarter in which their classification shall be determined.
9. Teachers who after their first examination bave been retained on trial as Probationers, if not recommended for promotion by the Head or District Inspectors, at the next ensuing examination, or by the Professors after training, cannot be continued in the service of the Board ; but their salaries will be paid for one month subsequent to the date of dismissal.
10. All newly appointed Teachers who, after examination by the Inspectors, may be found wholly unqualified, shall be paid salary up to the close of the month in which the Commissioners refuse to sanction their appointment,
11. The Pupil Teachers of District Model Schools, on taking charge of National Schools after the completion of their course of training, shall rank as Third Class Teachers (provided they be deemed qualified for that class by the Head