from: The Bendigo Independent, Saturday 19 April, 1902, page 5
A Model Country School
Several of the State school inspectors. at present visiting the Bendigo district, called at the Axedale State school, No. 1008 (Mr. E.A. Whitelock head teacher), and entered the following report in the. register:-
April 18, 1902
“We paid an unannounced visit today. .We find the school to be thoroughly well organised and taught.The school largely works itself, as the pupils and monitors are interested in their school life, and have been well trained in their various duties.
The teacher keeps in touch with all classes. The teaching largely achieves the valuable results of getting the children to think, and then to express themselves fully. There is an absence of routine work. There is no mere repetition of the teacher’s thoughts.
The writing. arithmetic, etc. seen, are excellent. The commendable tone in the school can have been created only by skilful devotion to the best interests of the children. The school room is a picture of neatness and taste, and is well equipped with apparatus of all kinds, growing plants, pictures, diagrams etc.
We consider Mr. Whitelock’s work and influence here worthy .of the department’s recognition We hope the parents are appreciative.”
This highly creditable report bears the signatures of no less than four inspectors, namely:-Mr. A. Fussell, district inspector; Mr. P. Goyen, chief inspector, Otago, New Zealand; Mr. Wm. Hamilton (Castlemaine District) and Mr T.W. Bothroyd of the Maryborough district
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