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A Letter to the Teacher Short Film – 1957 Documentary

A Letter to the Teacher

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This NFU film, from pioneering woman director Kathleen O’Brien, looks at NZ Correspondence School education. Lessons are issued from the school’s Wellington base to far-flung outposts where children (and adults) learn — farm-kids and sick children, prisoners and immigrants, from Nuie to Northland. Letters, radio and an annual ‘residential college’ at Massey connect students and teachers. The wide-roaming film’s making, according to a newspaper account, left O’Brien stranded at a lighthouse [Cape Brett], “for four days without a toothbrush and wearing only the clothes she stood up in”.

The lessons have travelled many hundreds of miles so that small fry on a lighthouse can learn the three ‘R’s.
– From the narration