Domestic science is taught at present in a vacant
staff bungalow. It is interesting to note that at times paraffin
stoves are used for cooking; a little knowledge and practice would
have saved the patience of many a housewife in the back of beyond
if she had been taught to use such a stove.
At the other extreme, the girls have one of the
latest and this type of washing machine.
During sewing lessons, they have made aprons for
themselves and are now starting what will give them
probably more pleasure -- frocks for their new social hours.
Lastly there are the staff houses -- or more
properly bungalows, but only the housemasters hand house mistresses
have a to storey home. Many of the staff quarters still have an
impersonal look about them.
So much time and energy is devoted to
the children that members of staff have had to postpone the small
chores that are needed in home making.
On several verandas still stood packing cases which
had bought household furnishings from Britain. And there is still
lingers some bitterness about the time taken by customers to
release the cases.
Apart from one deficiency the staff housing is
adequate. The most noticeable lack is in the provision of a study.
"We feel that the people who designed in this place did not bother
to consult educationists on what they wanted. It is a fantastic
fact that not one of the staff houses has a study. No schoolmaster,
even if he has a room in the school building, want to do all his
reading in the school."
Measures or have already being put into force that
will lead, it is hoped, to a kind of self-government of the
children. Foremost among these measures is the imposition of a
The supervision by the staff it is around today as it was when it
opened in January. Not until the prefect system is
working smoothly hand efficiently will the staff relax their tight
The headmaster's idea is to start the children of
and there is minimum of leisure time. As they learn how to conduct
themselves and to work when they are expected to work, then and
only then will the regulations be eased.