The 75th Jubilee provides the occasion for the National Film Unit to visit Sumner School for the Deaf to report on progress in the education of deaf children. Scenes including a speech therapy session; a class with young students; a mathematics class with older students; and gender determined practical classes give an insight into the lives of van Asch students in the 1950s.
Formal jubilee speeches were given by the Mayor of Christchurch, Sir Robert MacFarlane, the MP for Lyttelton – Mr H.R. Lake, Dr C.E. Beeby, the Director of Education, Mr Pickering and the Presidents of the three Deaf Societies (Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland) – Messrs M Ward, W.G. Williams and H.M. Williams.
Source: They Hear With The Eye: A Centennial History of the Sumner School for Deaf Children, A.B. Allen.
Note: Captions organised by SignDNA.