NEW FA­CIL­I­TIES FOR SCHOOL

EV­ERY KID NEEDS A SHED

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Liz Mellino

Shep­par­ton’s Bourchier St Pri­mary School stu­dents will soon be able to en­joy a pur­pose­built chil­dren’s shed.

Sit­u­ated on the school’s oval, the shed will be a place for stu­dents to en­gage in hands-on learn­ing, of­fer­ing an al­ter­na­tive to the class­based cur­ricu­lum.

Bourchier St phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Paul White said se­nior stu­dents would be able to en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties through­out the school week.

‘‘Those kids that aren’t get­ting the re­sults in the class­room can come out here and have a dif­fer­ent hands-on learn­ing ap­proach,’’ he said.

‘‘We have tried the idea be­fore but we were only half do­ing it, so we thought let’s do it prop­erly and set up an area the kids can have as a space of their own.’’

Mr White said the school was im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gram called Hands On Learn­ing, which had been run­ning in sec­ondary schools for about 20 years.

The pro­gram of­fers hun­dreds of projects for stu­dents, pro­vid­ing in­struc­tions and ma­te­ri­als to com­plete tasks and build things to ben­e­fit the school and stu­dents.

Mr White said the shed could not have been com­pleted with­out help from Telfords Build­ing Sys­tems, Maw­sons Con­crete, and Good Lay Con­crete, and thanked them for their help in get­ting the pro­ject up and run­ning.

‘‘It couldn’t have hap­pened with­out all of them . . . and we can’t thank them enough,’’ he said.

‘‘The stu­dents will be able to come down here be­cause maybe they’re a lit­tle bit dis­en­gaged and they’ll have time in the pro­ject which will help to get them back into the class­room.

‘‘It might be a day a week that the kids have out of the class­room and they do ev­ery­thing to­gether, from cook­ing meals and eat­ing to­gether . . . we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.’’

Pic­ture: Rod­ney Braith­waite

Lay­ing foun­da­tions: Year 5 stu­dents Summah Round, Char­lotte Seal, Ai­den Chas­ton, Blake Wil­son and Ab­bie Gret­tin.

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