Woodwork pupils embrace altruism

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Before... Displaying their handiwork in the workshop are Menzie’s College pupils (from left) Tom Ayers(16), Arin Read (16), Harm Davers (16) and Daniel Tyrell (18). PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Menzies College pupils are taking up tools to building a better community.

Year 11 woodworking pupils have been working on projects others can enjoy as well as ticking the boxes for their learning requirements.

Teacher Simon Pearce said the pupils were finishing their latest project, a playhouse destined for Edendale Primary School.

“That’s one that they’ve just put the roof on.”

Another playhouse had already been built and given to Wyndham Primary School.

Child-sized carpentry benches and picnic tables had been built and given to both schools, he said.

“We made playhouses because they.. meet the requirements of the [NCEA] standard.”

The project allowed the pupils to earn NCEA credits.

There was flexibility in what pupils could build could have made projects for themselves or for Menzies College.

They had chosen projects with a wider benefit to their community, Mr Pearce said.

“Doing something for others, it’s quite valuable.”

It was good for the pupils’ wellbeing to have a mindset of helping others, and they would have a legacy with the community.

“It’s really a holistic view of students as capable young adults .. We’re really lucky here with the seniors that we have. As people they’re really impressive,” he said.

Pupil Harm Davers (16) said he had seen Wyndham Primary School pupils using the playhouse and benches.

“When we took them down there all the little kids came running out .. they were really pleased,” Harm said.

“It’s pretty good that we can do something for the school community and the surrounding communities.”

Wyndham Primary School principal Kim Scott said the Menzies pupils’ handiwork was popular with children.

She was pleased the school received the playhouse and benches for just cost of materials.

“It’s how a community should work,” Mrs Scott said.

“It’s brilliant.”