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No. 665.
REPORT OF SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

(RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.)



1880.

FRENCH SHORE AND LABRADOR.

        XXXXXX.  To this same gentleman, Rev. J. J. Curling, of Bay of Islands, I am indebted for information and suggestions respecting location and support of schools on Labrador, already being acted upon. I hope to report more fully upon these next year. At the end of Table D will be found a list of schools in operation on that coast for 1875-80. The reported attendance is 105 with a fair average number learning the three R's.

TABLE  D.  SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

LOCALITY.TEACHER.SALARY.PUPILS.
  Battle Harbor
  Red Bay
  Forteau
  Cape St. Charles
  Venison Island
  Henry Mills
  John Bailey
  Mrs. Rabbitts
  G. Lse. Whitting
  Mrs. Taylor
$160.00
100.00
84.00
80.00
96.00
26
29
14
22
 14
105

1881.
LABRADOR.

        Table C gives list of schools on Labrador. Those at Battle Harbor, Cape Charles, and Venison Island, were open for a whole year; the one at Seal Island only for the summer months. This district, with its many small and widely-seperated settlements will always be a difficult one to manage, educationally. The best that can be done is to help local efforts and agents, and as far as practicable, this has been done.

TABLE C.  SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

LOCALITY.TEACHER.SALARY.PUPILS.
  Battle Harbor
  Seal Island
  Venison Island
  Cape Charles
  Henry Mills
  Mrs. Crocker
  Mrs. Taylor
  Geo. L. Whitting
$160.00
60.00
83.35
80.00
37
13
14
30


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1882.
LABRADOR.

        The small sum allocated for education on the Labrador is found to be inadequate to afford the many scattered places on this coast, any large share of instruction. Three schools have been maintained during the year, the statistics of which will be found in Table C, and help has been given in the important sections of Grosswater and Sandwich Bays. The time taken in reaching these places has hitherto prevented any personal inspection of these schools, and all arrangements have been left, as in the case of the West Coast, in the hands of the Clergy of the Church.

TABLE C.  SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

LOCALITY.TEACHER.SALARY.PUPILS.
  Battle Harbor
         do.
  Cape Charles
  Henry Mills
  M. A. Courage
  Geo. L. Whiting
$160.00
40.00
90.00
23
8
13


1883.
LABRADOR.

         There have been five schools in operation on this coast during the year, with an attendance of 132 children. Those at Battle Harbor and Cape Charles were open for a whole year; the other three during the fishing season only, and conducted by fairly competent teachers, who accompany friends to this Coast. The increased allowance to this desolate Coast has enabled us to open other schools during the present winter, at Indian Cove, and Sandwich Bay, and two young men from our training school volunteered and are now at work, one at the place last mentioned, and the other at Battle Harbor. Two new schools have been erected, one at Battle Harbor, mainly by the firm of Messrs. Baine Johnstone & Co., and the other at Venison Island, by the people themselves, with small help from other sources.

TABLE C.  SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

 LOCALITY. TEACHER.SALARY.PUPILS.
 Battle Harbor
Cape Charles
Venison Island
Seal Island
Spotted Island
 Henry Mills
Geo. Whiting
S. Mahaney
M. J. Courage
J. E. Bartlett
$160.00
80.00
40.00
40.00
40.00
40
35
16
13
28
Sandwich Bay
Grosswater Bay
Robert Guy200.00 


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1884.
LABRADOR.

        The difficulties involved in providing for the education of 1,500 people in numerous settlements, situated at irregular intervals along a coast of over 400 miles in extent, are almost too obvious to require mentioning. A personal visit to this remote shore made in the summer of last year, convinced me that all that could be reasonably expected from our limited grant for this purpose had been done, and the money spent to the largest advantage. No less than 288 children have benefitted from the schools mentioned in Table C. In three settlements, viz., Battle Harbor, Indian Cove, and Cape Charles, schools were kept open throughout the year; at Venison Island for the fishing season only, when many people came out of the Bays to prosecute the fishery from this point, while in Sandwich Bay an itinerant schoolmaster has for the fishing season kept school on the most important centres of the coast, and in the winter followed the settlers and kept school in their winter quarters up the Bay.

TABLE C.  SCHOOLS ON LABRADOR.

 LOCALITY. TEACHER.SALARY.PUPILS.
 Battle Harbor
Indian Cove
Cape Charles
Venison Island
 John Fowlow
Henry Mills
Geo. Whiting
   
$200.00
80.00
80.00
40.00
43
31
48
21
Sandwich Bay
Grosswater Bay
Robert Guy  

(Eagle River, 7 pupils; Separation Point, 5; Dove Brook, 6; Barrow Brook, 2; American Point, 11; North River, 20; Cape Porcupine, 8; Snack Cove, 11; Cartwright, 24; Muddy Cove, 9; Paradise, 12; Indian Harbour, 12; Hare Harbor, 4; White Bear River, 14.)

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