The story of Rev Dr Rutherford Waddell is part of the Presbyterian Shapers series.

It tells the story of Rev Waddell’s courageous stand against sweatshop practices in the late 1800s in Dunedin and his involvement in helping to establish just workplace practices and law.

Sadly,these issues are just as pressing in our world today as they were back then.

With thanks to Rev Yvonne Smith who has written this unit, which is aimed at a Year 10 -12 age group and can also be adapted for any age group or used as a Chapel resource.



Introduction to Presbyterian Shapers Theme Based Unit – Rutherford Waddell

This includes ideas for conceptual understanding, concepts for focus, key competencies, values, perspective, social inquiry, achievement objectives, issues, learning intentions, activities for learning and notes and assessments. These are all linked to the New Zealand Curriculum.


Teacher Notes and Lesson Outlines

Lesson Outlines for up to eight lessons and a student assessment. Lesson One is an introduction to the unit. Lessons 2 and 3 are group comprehension and inquiry. Lessons Four-Six are presentations by groups of the comprehension and social inquiry work. Lessons 6-7/8 are a Solution Focus Exploration. Lesson 8 is a final assessment.


Waddell Teacher Resources

Videos, links to sermons, article and newspaper reports, solution focused material and also, information about other Presbyterian figures of interest.


Waddell Student Information Sheet

For use in Lessons Two and Three as described in the Teacher Notes and Lesson Outlines


Waddell Student Solution Focus Exploration Sheet

For use in Lessons Six or Seven/Eight as described in the Teacher Notes and Lesson Outlines.