Practical Changes

When Pastor Tom Reuther delivered his annual headmaster’s report at the 1968 Valedictory Service, he flagged some significant changes to the curriculum. He stated that … ‘a school has to be versatile in order to meet the range of pupil needs. In keeping with such demands Concordia has now introduced the subjects of Home Science and Needlework, which courses will be available to Leaving level. Corresponding to this, craft will be introduced for the boys, thus giving them the opportunity to develop manual skills…. We envisage that in the near future this could develop into courses in woodwork, sheet-metal work and related skills.’

This initiative to widen the curriculum to suit the interests and talents of students had its beginnings under the leadership of the previous headmaster, Pastor Elmore Leske.

The 1969 Brown and Gold reported that ‘there is a small room especially for needlework below the chapel … with six sewing machines, a treadle machine and five dressmaking tables. The first year students learn to sew a straight seam through patchwork cushions and a Home Science apron. The second years commence with a simple shift dress. The third years make street frocks, jacket suits, skirts and blouses. They also do needlework in the form of embroidered table mats, pictures and cushions.’

Jenni van Wageningen
Archivist

1980s Dressmaking 600 300