Story: Primary and secondary education

Separating boys and girls

Separating boys and girls

Although most state primary schools and many secondary schools were co-educational, the Victorian belief that it was wrong to allow boys and girls to mix too freely led to attempts to keep them apart at school. At Helensville Manual Training and Technical School, for instance, there were separate boys' and girls' entrances in 1912. The girls' entrance can be seen on the building in front.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Primary and secondary education - Numbers and types of schools', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012