Daily Gleaner, August 23, 1884

The removal of tbe Jamaica High School, referred to in our last report, from Walton to the premises temporarily secured at Barbican in the Parish of St Andrew, was effected by the begining of the Lent Term of 1883, when the Rev Wm Simms, whose appointment was referred to in our last report, took charge for the first time.

With the view of extending to the whole of Jamaica an equivalent to the advantages offered to the people in the neighbourhood of Kingston, by the weekly boarders scholarship, the Commissioners agreed in April, 1883, that tne scholarships of £10 per annum should be offered for Term Boarders, subject to the conditions m sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Rule as to weekly boarders scholarships. No steps, however, can be taken for carrying out the arrangement untiI the school is moved into tho new building.

As it appeared towards the end of the year that by the expenditure of about £15 or £20 in improvements and alterations to an outbuilding at Barbican, increased accommodation could be afforded for ten more boarders, the Commissioners authorized the improvements and alterations to be made There would thus be accommodation at the beginning of 1884, by which time it was expected that the changes would be completed, for the full complement of Foundationers, viz, 23, and for 3 paying boarders.

The annual examination provided for by the amended rules was held at Midsummer by the Inspector of Schools the Rev Dr Robb, and the Rev H M P McDermott, when some improvementwas noted though the standard attained was still more far from satisfactory.

During the year the Commissioners had under consideration the case of a boy who appeared unable to profit by the studies of the school. This view was confirmed by the report of the examiners at the Mid summer Examinatiation and the Commissioners were therefore under the necessity of making arrangements for his withdrawal.

In view of tbe benefits that might be expected to arise from a promotion of the game of cricket amongst the boys, the Commissioners voted a sum of £5 towards the expenses of a Cricket Club, considerirg the most of the Foundationers would be unable to contribute anything towards its maintenance.

The necessary steps for filling up the vacancies have been already taken by the Commissoners and will be referred to at more length in the report for the current year.

The Government grant of £500 which, by sanction of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Sir Anthony Musgrave had promised to place on the annual estimates of the colony in aid of the erection of the new buildings, and until the loan to be raised for this purpose had been extinguished, was duly received during the year. Of this £178 1s 11d was spent on building account, and the remainder £321 18s 1d , on account of furniture with the Governor's sanction. The salary of the Headmaster at the rate of £400 per annum from 1st January, 1883, was also duly paid from the general revenue of the colony, under tbe sanction of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, out of the vote for education

Tenders for the erection of the new High School buildiiigs were advertised for during the year, and arrangements were finally completed with Mr W Lang who secured the contract for the price of £6[?] 400 The plans were originally executed by Mr W Clunie, whom it had been in contemplation to appoint as Architect, but that gentleman having left the island Mr George Messiter, who had served under Mr Clunie was appointed Architect and prepared fresh plans which were eventually approved by the Commissioners

His Excellency Sir Anthony Musgrave, who had taken great interest in ihe High School, laid the foundation stone of the new buildings at Hope on the 16th April, 1883, shortly before his departure from Jamaica.

On the removal of the school from Walton that property was sold by auction and the amount realized, viz., £1,220, was carried to the building account of the Commission. The arrangements made for the raising by loan of the remainder of the amount required for the erection of the buildings will be referred to at length in the report for the year 1883-4. It may, however, be mentioned that tenders at one half per cent, premium were received for nearly three times the amount of the first instalment, viz., £1,790 of the loan which was issued at 4½ per cent per annum, and that in all tenders were received for five times the amount then required.