Waitaki Boys’ High School year 13 construction class pupils were set a special task this year structure or building with a purpose.
“The first few lessons were punctuated by the inevitable question: ‘What do you want us to make?’,” construction teacher Tom Brown said.
“It’s your decision.”
One group decided to build an eco-shed for the school grounds, another made plans to build a multipurpose garden shed and the third group thought of designing and building a playhouse to give to a local kindergarten.
“The hardest part for the students was identifying the purpose for their construction,” Mr Brown said.
Of the three projects, two were successfully completed this year. The eco-shed now sits on the school grounds and the playhouse was delivered to Casa Nova Kindergarten last week.
“Along the way students learnt the value and problems of working as a team, the difficulties with tight deadlines, competing demands, building regulations, lockdown weeks where no practical work was possible and the need to order materials to a tight budget.
“There were harsh words, difficult times, mistakes and errors and a lot of laughter – building the roof inside a workshop and then finding it wouldn’t fit through the doors probably sums up all of these.”
Casa Nova Kindergarten teacher Jo Ward said the children were very excited to receive the playhouse, which was delivered by the construction class pupils.
“We are grateful to the boys for creating such an asset to our kindergarten,” she said.
It had been a rewarding experience for the Waitaki Boys’ pupils.
“The smiles on the faces of both the playgroup children and the year 13 students who delivered the playhouse tell the answer to that one,” Mr Brown said.