Benefiting from connections
Students at Sacred Heart School have been benefiting from a different kind of learning on Thursday afternoons with help from the Tatura Men’s Shed.
Each term four years 3 and 4 boys and two Year 6 boys are chosen to take part in the Men’s Shed Program, where the boys are shown how to use tools and socialise oneon-one with the volunteers.
School wellbeing officer Brooke Thompson said the years 3 and 4 boys do an assigned project, where they learn the skills needed to then go on and design their own project.
‘‘The volunteers teach them heaps of new things, but they also ask about their personal experiences and take a really good interest in the kids by asking about how their brothers and sisters are going, which is really beneficial,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
She said there was a number of reasons why certain kids were picked for the program.
‘‘It could be an academic struggle, so we need to give them something to be excited about coming to school to encourage that skill, or it could be that they struggle socially, so the program offers self confidence,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
She said the Year 6 boys were focusing on building a sensory garden and leaving their mark on the school.
‘‘The kids will build a garden bed, which two classes will be able to look out on and we wanted to keep the grade sixes involved in the program to leave their mark on the school,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
She said the Year 6 project allowed the whole school to get involved in the program and therefore benefited all the children who attended Sacred Heart School now and in the future.
Pictures: Madeleine Caccianiga Working hard: Year 6 student Oliver marks out the future garden bed.
Above: Tatura Men’s Shed members Alfred Heuperman and Leigh Williams with Year 3 students Joel and Nate. Tatura Men’s Shed member Leigh Williams shows trust in Year 3 student Joel in teaching him how to use a hammer.
Concentrating: Tatura Men’s Shed member Alfred Heuperman helps Year 3 student Nate put together his stool.
Teamwork: Year 6 students Oliver and Peter clean up the grounds for the garden bed.
Rapt: Year 3 student Nate learns to use the drill.