NOTE E: If you want to know what the schools inspector said about Mr. Jones as a teacher, you can read his schools inspector report. I do not agree with the Inspector. For one thing, the Inspector said Mr. Jones should stop walking between the two schoolhouses (one at Central, one near where Fernwood School is now. The Inspector said this was a waste of the teacher's time, and all the children should walk to the school at Central every day. (In those days everyone walked everywhere - there were no roads, because there were no vehicles.) But it was not safe for children to walk along the trails, because wolves and bears and cougars lived all year round on the Island in those days.
FIRST ANNUAL REPORT of the SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
for the Year Ending July 31st, 1872.
[Report written by Superintendent of Education John Jessop]
SALT SPRING ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT.Formed July 30th, 1870. Boundaries:"All that piece of land known on the Official Map as Salt Spring or Admiral Island." Mr. J.C. Jones is teaching under a temporary arrangement till the end of the year. Salary $40 per month. Visited the Island on 27th and 28th June. Found the teacher engaged at the Northern or Beggs' Settlement, where School had been kept for three months previously. The 28th was examination day, but there were only three pupils in attendancetwo girls and a boy. The boy was working in Latin Grammar, having become such a proficient in English Grammar and Geography that those studies were dropped a year ago, and Latin substituted!! So the teacher reported. An examination in those branches and arithmetic did not by any means establish the fact of former proficiency. Teacher's time comparatively wasted by itinerating between the Middle and Northern Settlements. Circumstances do not warrant it, as none of the children are more than three miles from the School house and the road is improving year by year. There are 25 children of School age in the two settlements above referred to, of whom seven reside in the Northern and sixteen in the middle settlement.
There is an interesting and thriving settlement between Burgoyne Bay and Fulford Harbor, about three miles in extent. Several families are already located, having amongst them 21 children, about half of whom are of school age. An application has been recently sent to the Government asking for aid to erect a school house and pay a teacher. Those settlers are fully eight miles from the middle settlement school house.