for my first year (1969) in Clothing (also known as sewing) I received a 4 for attainment and B for effort, with the comment: Progress is slow. I think I made a pillowslip for my project that year.
My marks for the first half of 1970 were, a 3 minus for attainment and B for effort with the comment: Project 32%. Improvement needed. Sadly, the second half of the year showed no improvement whatsoever, a 4 for attainment and B for effort, the comment was - If Phillipa applied herself she could do better. The project for this year was a choice between a gathered skirt or an A-line skirt, I chose to make a gathered skirt, in hindsight I should have made the A-line skirt as it would have been a more flattering choice. I think the skirt was a striped cotton, but I can't remember ever wearing it.
According to the notes on the report, the Attainment column indicated the academic standing in comparison with other New Zealand children, while the Effort column shows the assessment of work habits. For example a 1A was an excellent rating, and a 5C was poor. However, a 4A or 5A would be very creditable, as it indicates that although the child finds the subject difficult, the effort to improve is first class. A 2C would indicate good ability but poor effort and could warrant censure.
So my academic rating for Clothing ranged from Very Fair (40% - 49%) to Fair (25%-39%) and my effort rating was Satisfactory. I think it's fair to say that I have improved somewhat since then :)