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the whole school, representing, in language suitable to the comprehension of the children, the shocking consequences which must result to the culprits from a repetition of the same offence, in all the different shapes which the nature of the case may require, and warning all the others to beware the like, and all other offences, contrary to the will of God, and to the laws of the school, which are hereafter detailed, bringing to their recollection, at the same time, what they are taught in the church catechism, the scriptures, and other good books, and how necessary it is for their own happiness and comfort, when they grow up, that they should be good men and good women, and that the pains now bestowed to give them proper instruction is for their benefit alone, not only in this world, but in that which is to come. In short, every instance of ill behaviour which occurs, is to be seized upon by the master and mistress, for the purpose of offering good and wholesome admonition to the children. As the impression it will make upon their minds, when rendered applicable to particular acts of irreligious, criminal,or immoral conduct, will be strongly felt, and will operate more powerfully on their present and future conduct in life, than any thing that can be taught in the lessons.
It is indispensably necessary that both the pupils and monitors should attend the school every Sunday, both in the morning and evening, not only to join in devotional exercises, according to the forms prescribed by the established church, but also according to a form adapted more particularly to the understandings of the younger pupils ; where responses, so necessary to fix the attention, are likewise introduced. A portion of this day is also to be employed according to the niost approved and facile method, in perfecting each pupil in the church catechism, and in a moderate knowledge of psalmody. And no excuse must be admitted on the part of any pupil, male or female, unless it can be clearly ascertained, that they accompany their parents to some place of public worship, and that they have completely learned their catechism.
When the school is thus convened, it will be the duty of the master and mistress, either extempore, or by reading from proper books, to descant on the benefits which will result to the children from following up the excellent precepts contained in the church catechism.
It is proposed, after the system is sufficiently perfect, and the major part of the children are further advanced in religious knowledge, that they shall accompany the master and mistress twice a day on Sunday to the established church, and afterwards spend an hour in the school, for the purpose of instruction in religion, and of hearing the observations of the master and mistress on the nature and meaning of the service prescribed for the day, and on the sermons which were preached,
THE LAWS OF TIIE SCHOOL.
After prayers, every Saturday morning, it will be the duty of the master or mistress, either to read themselves, or cause to be read, with an audible voice, the following laws and regulations of the school.
1. All scholars shall appear at the school
punctually at nine in the morning, clean washed and combed, with their hair cut short, and head clean. They shall remain in school until twelve. They are again to return punctually at two o'clock, and remain until five, excepting on Wednesdays and Saturdays, which are half-holidays, and on these days they are to remain in school until one, and not to return in the afternoon.
2. All scholars shall in like manner attend
on Sunday, from ten till twelve in the morning, and from two till four in the afternoon, with clean shirts, washed and combed, and in their best clothes, unless their parents or friends will positively engage to take them to some place of public worship, twice on that day.
3. All scholars, during the whole of the
school hours, shall attend diligently to the lessons, and shall be attentive to the master, the monitors, and the tutors who are set over them, always recollecting that they have been sent to school to learn what is good and useful to themselves, and with a view to their happiness and prosperity in this life and that which is to come, after they die.
4. Every scholar shall preserve the utmost
silence and quietness during school hours.
5. Every scholar who is absent from school,
without the leave of the master, will lose the benefit thereof, and be excluded and turned out with disgrace, and never admitted again; unless the absence has been occasioned by sickness, or some other reasonable cause, to be stated by the parents.
6. All scholars receiving the benefits of
this school must not only behave well when they are in it, but they must also be orderly and discreet when they are out of doors. They are not to offend thie Great God their Maker, by cursing and swearing, because they may hear grown persons commit this great sin. They are not to cheat, to tell lies, to quarrel or abuse one another, or call one another bad names. They are not to use acts of cruelty, even to the smallest