A very pleasant function took place at the Newstead State School on Friday last at the breaking up for the Christmas holidays. The scholars who have been successful in gaining Merit or Qualifying Certificates under Mr Courtney, had determined on presenting him with some token of their esteem for him: and their appreciation of his unflaging energy and untiring patience and zeal in preparing them for the various subjects under examination. The token presented was a beautiful gold cross engraved with the initials of Mr Courtney, and the following short address was read by Miss Meda Nomens: Mr Courtney, we the scholars of the Merit and Qualifying Certificate desire to express to you our gratitude and thanks for the interest you took in us and the manner you prepared us for the recent examinations. We also desire to congratulate you on the result. As an appreciation, we wish you to accept a small token of our esteem. I will now call upon Miss Midas McKay to present the same. On behalf of the scholars, I have much pleasure in presenting you, Mr Courtney, with this gold Cross as a token of our gratitude for the kindly interest you have taken in our School work, and hope that in after years you will look at the cross with affectionate memories of the time you were our head teacher. Mr Courtney was completely taken by surprise but expressed his pleasure at the kindly feelings which had prompted the gift, and thanked the children for their appreciation of his efforts on their behalf and hoped they would all enjoy their holidays and return to school after the New Year with renewed energy and zest. The boys led by Leslie Clark then took a hand in the matter by giving three hearty cheers for their teacher.
Research courtsey of Janet Trudgeon.