Ben­e­fit­ing from con­nec­tions

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga To do­nate scrap wood, paint or old fruit bins to the project, phone Mrs Thomp­son at Sa­cred Heart School on 5824 1841 or email

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.

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