Bird­house wins prize

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Birds will be sleep­ing in style thanks to the hand­i­work of Co­bram and District Spe­cial­ist School stu­dents, who built an award-win­ning bird­house for a com­pe­ti­tion held by Rich Glen Olive Oil Es­tate.

The bird­house’s tile and glass mo­saic de­sign wowed the judges, who awarded it first prize out of five other bird­houses built by stu­dents from St Joseph’s in Co­bram, Yarrawonga P-4 and Yarrawonga Col­lege P-12.

The stu­dents from the independent liv­ing skills group were awarded milk­shake vouch­ers for their crafts­man­ship and the school re­ceived a cheque for $500.

School prin­ci­pal Leah Wil­lis said the money would fund other school projects to teach the stu­dents prac­ti­cal skills.

‘‘The stu­dents had so much fun work­ing with the wood and the mo­saics,’’ she said.

‘‘I want to thank Rich Glen for their gen­eros­ity and their quite sub­stan­tial prize.’’

Rich Glen owner Ros­alind Vo­dusek said the bird­house would make a colour­ful ad­di­tion to her olive farm.

‘‘We love all the colours and pat­terns the stu­dents made,’’ she said.

‘‘The birds are lov­ing it, too. We put some bird seed in there and the birds have started mak­ing it their home.

‘‘All of the stu­dents have done fan­tas­tic work and showed great team­work.’’

This was the third craft­ing com­pe­ti­tion held by the farm, with the pre­vi­ous years’ themes be­ing wind chimes and scare­crows.

Rich Glen owner Damian Vo­dusek said the com­pe­ti­tions had been a great suc­cess and would con­tinue.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is all about putting some­thing back into the com­mu­nity, the schools and the art and craft cen­tres,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d like to thank all the schools that par­tic­i­pated for their great work.’’

Skills re­warded: (Above, from left) Co­bram and District Spe­cial­ist School prin­ci­pal Leah Wil­lis, Gus Ryan, Ros­alind Vo­dusek, Damian Vo­dusek, Tori Hehir, Nathan Den­drie, Peter Fitz­patrick, Stephen Martin, Cody Con­nelly, Matthew Nieuwen­hout, Jesse Beres­ford, Lauri Wor­gate and Darci May­field. Work of art: The award-win­ning bird­house will be a per­ma­nent feature in Rich Glen Olive Oil Es­tate’s gar­den.

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