Ashton-Warner trained at this College 1928-1929.
After a teaching career in rural schools she achieved international
fame as a novelist and educational philosopher.
While largely ignored in New Zealand, she was widely recognised
throughout the world for her revolutionary ideas on teaching.
She was committed to "releasing the native imagery and using
it for working material" and recognised, well before others,
the importance of building on the language and knowledge children
In 1980 her autobiography
I passed this way won the New Zealand
Book Award and in 1982 Sylvia Ashton-Warner was awarded the MBE
in recognition of her services to education and literature.
This Library was named in her honour in 1987.
By Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1985). I passed this way. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed
Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1967) Myself. New York:
Simon and Schuster.
Reynolds, D. (Producer), & Firth, M. (Director). (n.d.). Sylvia [Motion picture]. New Zealand: Unitel International.
Shallcrass, J. (1984). In memoriam Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Landfall, 151, 342-344.
Stead, C. K. (1981). Sylvia Ashton-Warner: Living on the Grand. In C. K. Stead, In the glass case: Essays on New Zealand literature (pp.51-66). Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press/Oxford University Press.
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