SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
Perhaps for a Sunday School Superintendent, who has had a total enrolment of 100 + over the years it is disturbing to find the numbers attending Sunday School down to 70 children. In this matter the movement of population is the principal factor and the security checks not helpful to those attempting to motor children to Sunday School, return home and then return to attend Church.
With many of these facts uppermost in my mind I decided to visit the Sunday School and see for myself how things were. Opening prayers over, Mr. Alex. Canning signalled the Primary Section to move to the old hall, the Bible Class to move to the Committee Room while the Junior and Senior Sections commenced work in the new hall.
Some twenty-four Primary Section children work in the old hall under Mrs. J. Kilgore and I could not but feel that she and her assistants would be helped with the addition of some small dual tables at which these younger children could draw, colour and complete the various pictures which form part of the lessons presented by teachers. "Happily to School" is a saying which most parents would agree is an apt one when dealing with day school attendance and I confidently report that the same happiness and contentment is evident in our Primary Section.
From the Primary end I moved to the bright, clear and pleasant surroundings of the new hall. The Junior Classes were working quietly with their teachers. From the expressions on the faces of these boys and girls the work is interesting and well presented. Repetition plays its important part here still but I feel that the advances in preparing the Intermediate Catechism has helped to move a lot of the drudgery out of home preparation. The young teachers in this division have a happy relationship with their children.
The Senior classes are under the care of mature and experienced teachers and it was pleasing to note that here the Scripture Lessons are related to everyday life. This fact must surely make the work more interesting and meaningful to these children entering their teens.
The Bible Classes are under the care of mature and experienced teachers and it was pleasing to note that here the Scripture Lessons are related to everyday life. This fact must surely make the work more interesting and meaningful to these children entering their teens.
The Bible Class under Mr. S. Canning works on an advanced course based on a scheme of work which leaves them ready for the Rev. M. Bolton to take over to commence the preparation work for Communion and full membership of the Church.
Finally, I must mention the three boys who act as Secretaries to the Superintendent, making up rolls and dealing with the offering. These boys are really in training for Sunday School teaching and will in due course move on into the Primary and Junior Sections as teachers. It is encouraging to see that the problem of staffing is continually under review and replacements available.
All too soon it was time to leave, after the closing praise and prayers and, on taking my leave of the Superintendent, Mr. A. Canning, I thanked him for allowing me to visit the Sunday School.