van Asch Deaf Education Centre
1974 - 1993
During his 19 years as principal, Sefton Bartlett was instrumental in many developments at van Asch Deaf Education Centre.
school centennial in 1980 saw the old brick building pulled down due to
it being an earthquake risk. A new kitchen block and houses replaced
the function of the old building.
A new library and resource centre was built to update and develop resources for the region.
Reverse integration, the first in the world, was begun with the local primary school.
The role of the Centre was expanded to give support, aid and resources to students and staff in the regions.
1988 Sefton and staff organised the Australia and New Zealand
Conference for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED) at Lincoln University near
The van Asch Community sends their love and condolences to the family of Sefton, especially his wife Helen.