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A Letter to the Teacher Short Film (Full Length) – 1957 Documentary

A Letter to the Teacher

Short Film (Full Length) – 1957 Documentary

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Pioneering woman director Kathleen O’Brien looks at NZ Correspondence School education in this 25-minute National Film Unit short. Lessons are sent from the school’s Wellington base to far-flung outposts, for farm kids and sick kids, prisoners and immigrants, from Nuie to Northland. Letters, radio and an annual ‘residential college’ at Massey connect students and teachers. In a newspaper report of the time, O’Brien remembering being stranded at Cape Brett lighthouse “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