STUDENTS of Textiles and Design and Technology at New England Girls’ School have been set a new benchmark thanks to the support of an industry retailer.
The Bernina @ NEGS Centre of Excellence in Fashion and Design was launched on Thursday night by Bernina Australia managing director Greg Alexander.
The formalisation of a long-term association between the school and local business Fabric Fair, which is the Bernina agent for Armidale, will ensure students have access to sewing machines and overlockers .
NEGS is the only single-sex school in the region to offer both Textiles and Design and Technology as HSC subjects. Every January it also hosts Camp Sew & So, at which students and teachers can undertake HSC major works, master classes and teen classes under the tuition of Fabric Fair’s Rita Showell.
“To have these links with Bernina is fantastic, and it will really help girls with their design skills,” NEGS principal Peter Hodge said.
“You walk into the space and can’t help but want to create stuff – and that epitomises what our company believes in,” Mr Alexander said. “It is certainly something I will want to share with my colleagues overseas.”