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In appreciation of local schools’ contribution of quality players to the Collingwood Football Club (Collingwood Technical School notably mentioned), the club offered to use £800 to £1,000, which was a quarter part of its Premiership winnings (£4,484 in 1953), to take boys from the schools on a special trip to Yallourn.

Fire in the new Girls School

On the second day after the opening of the new Preston Tech Girls School in Cramer Street the school boiler room caught on fire and girls rushed with buckets of water until the Fire Brigade arrived.
Source: 1958 Preston Technical School Magazine.

Community spirit helps in building the new Girls School at Preston.

The new Girls Section (in Cramer Street) of Preston Technical School included 24 new classrooms although parents had to contribute funds toward furniture for the hall, bicycle racks, cafeteria and yards seats which they did through school functions, exhibitions, and the school Mother’s Club.
Source: 1958 Preston Technical School Magazine.

More than just a Technical School

By the 1950s Preston Technical School offered a fully rounded education wellbeyond basic trades and technical training. The school fielded sports teams in soccer, cross country, cricket, athletics, football, swimmingand baseball. There was also a drama club, school band, Army Cade Corps, Air Training Corps and Social Service League.
Source: 1958 Preston Technical School Magazine.

The four houses of Preston Tech.

By the 1950s Preston had four school ‘houses’ for intra-school activities and competitions. The houses were: Boronia, Currajong, Waratah, and Wattle.
Source: 1955 Preston Technical School Magazine.

A typical 1950s Tech curriculum

By the mid-1950s Preston Tech offered courses (day school and / or evening classes) in the following subject areas: Art, Dressmaking, English and Social Studies, Instrumental Drawing, Mathematics, Sheetmetal, Science, Music, Physical Education, Woodwork, Engineering and Library.
Source: 1955 Preston Technical School Magazine.

Senior Technical Courses were available to adults in the evening. During the ‘50s Preston Tech offered the following Senior Technical Programs:

  • Certificate Courses – Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering
  • Including Intermediate Certificate Maths and Science (prelim year)
  • Mathematics 1A, 1B, and 2C
  • Physics 1A and 1C
  • Engineering Drawing 1 and 2
  • Chemistry Grade1

Preparatory Apprentice Class
Covering Mathematics, Science, and Technical Drawing. Two year course from 8th Grade.

Trade Courses – (Evening)

  • Turning and Fitting – Grades 1, 2, 3.
  • Carpentry and Joinery – Grades 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Plumbing and Gasfitting – Grades 1, 2, 3.
  • Home Cabinetmaking
  • Woof Craft and Home Carpentry
  • Woodwork (Special Women’s Course)

Art and Craft
Design, Commercial Art, Ticket Writing, Fashion Drawing, Black and White Illustration, Water Color, Stencilling, Leather Work, Modelling, Craft, Weaving, General Art.

  • Commercial and Household
  • Accountancy and Bookkeeping
  • Shorthand
  • Typewriting
  • Dressmaking
  • Dresscutting

Sources:
Preston Technical School Magazine 1955, 1956, 1958.
Preston College of TAFE 1937-1987 (Historical Archive)



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