Despite 2020 and 2021 being somewhat disrupted, 68 beautiful dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World Programme have been packed up for the New Zealand Ambassador, Karen Wilson, in Invercargill. Once a container has been filled, the dresses will be sent to their final destinations, including Fiji, Uganda and Cambodia.
Woodford House students started making dresses for this worthy organisation in 2018, under the guidance of Mrs Pam Knight. Man Lok Tsang (Year 12) has made 40 of the 68 dresses herself. Students from Year 7-13 have been involved in constructing the dresses, either as part of their course, or at after school sessions. Man Lok also based her Year 12 Design and Communication board on the Dress a Girl Programme.
Much of the fabric for the dresses was donated by Woodford House families, and fabric from the previous School uniform was used to bind armholes or line pockets.
Kayleigh Stubbs, Zhi Qian Lu, Man Lok Tsang and Cherry Pang with their dresses.
Next year Mrs Knight plans to run quilt making sessions, as the school has had a very generous donation of patchwork fabrics, much of it pre-cut and ready to sew. The quilts will have an inner made from woollen blankets, lined with recycled cotton sheets. The quilts will go to a variety of New Zealand organizations such as the Napier Family Centre.