Stu­dents roll out cub­bies

Project houses wheel­chair-friendly

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - ASH­LEIGH HOWARTH ash­leigh.howarth@qtcn.com.au

CHIL­DREN will soon en­joy play­ing in cub­by­houses built by se­nior stu­dents from St Ed­mund’s Col­lege.

Year 12 stu­dents spent a year build­ing the nine cub­by­houses and are about to de­liver them to kinder­gartens and spe­cial schools in Ip­swich and Bris­bane.

Two cub­by­houses were de­signed to meet the needs of chil­dren in wheel­chairs and in­clude a ramp and big­ger siz­ing to al­low for a wheel­chair in­side.

In­dus­trial de­sign teacher Paul McNa­mara said the stu­dents learned valu­able skills that will serve them well af­ter they grad­u­ate.

“The Year 12 stu­dents com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate I in Con­struc­tion,” he said.

“It takes them two years to com­plete the whole course.

TH­ESE BOYS WILL CER­TAINLY BE MEET­ING THE DE­MANDS OF THE IN­DUS­TRY TO MEET THE GROWTH IN IP­SWICH. PAUL MCNA­MARA

Last year, they made chairs, ta­bles and a foot stool as part of their course.

“They spent the en­tire year this year mak­ing the cub­by­houses.

“Th­ese par­tic­u­lar boys work at school three days a week and then they are on the tools two days a week. Some are paid po­si­tions and oth­ers are work ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The boys will cer­tainly be meet­ing the de­mands of the in­dus­try to meet the growth in

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Ip­swich.”

Se­nior pupil Nathan Mar­tin al­ready has a job in con­struc­tion lined up for next year.

“I have a school-based ap­pren­tice­ship for when I leave school and I am look­ing for­ward to us­ing ev­ery­thing I have learnt,” he said.

Michael Korhecz said he en­joyed mak­ing the cub­by­houses for chil­dren to en­joy.

Photo: Rob Wil­liams

CHIP­PING IN: St Ed­mund's Col­lege has made cubby houses for the wheel­chair-bound. Teacher Paul McNa­mara joins stu­dents Joshua Shard, Alex Bragg, Lach­lan McQueen, Dy­lan McColl, Nathan Mar­tin and Michael Korhecz (front).

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