Stu­dents’ hands-on help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MORE than 100 Year 9 stu­dents at Shen­ton Col­lege came to­gether last month to build pros­thetic hands for land­mine vic­tims for the sec­ond year in a row.

With the help of five staff, 116 stu­dents took part in the stu­dent-ini­ti­ated project, called Help­ing Hands.

Teach­ing and learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor Gary Green said the col­lege placed a high pri­or­ity on ser­vice-based learn­ing.

“Shen­ton is about de­vel­op­ing the whole child,” he said.

“We want our stu­dents to think be­yond the bound­aries of the school to con­nect more holis­ti­cally with the world.

“Ser­vice-based learn­ing gives our stu­dents that op­por­tu­nity to be part of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and to de­velop val­ues that sup­port kind­ness, in­tegrity and aware­ness of the needs of oth­ers.”

Mr Green said stu­dents were placed in teams, en­abling them to de­velop co­op­er­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tion skills as they built 11 pros­thetic hands.

“The Help­ing Hands ini­tia­tive sup­ports younger stu­dents in other coun­tries, who are of­ten land­mine vic­tims,” he said.

“The abil­ity to pro­duce an ar­ti­fi­cial hand that will di­rectly im­prove the lives of other chil­dren was a pow­er­ful and mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for our stu­dents and the rea­son for the over­whelm­ing re­sponse.

“Stu­dents per­son­alised the fin­ished prod­uct by dec­o­rat­ing the bag the hand is stored in, mean­ing the re­cip­i­ent will know who has made the hand, and our stu­dents have been able to make a more emo­tional con­nec­tion with the re­ceiver.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d4467064

Joanne Lam, Char­lie Bunn, Scott Mous­taka and Ben Healy of Shen­ton Col­lege made 11 pros­thetic hands for land mine vic­tims.

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