Pupils build on skills learnt in class­room

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Wood­work classes used to in­volve mak­ing a pen­cil case or a jew­ellery box.

Now a group of One­hunga High School stu­dents are tak­ing the classes to a new level.

Boys from the build­ing and con­struc­tion school have cre­ated a se­ries of small cab­ins de­signed to be used as a home of­fice, sleep­out or ex­tra room.

A stan­dard cabin can be bought for $16,500, while a cabin with a deck and bath­room is be­ing sold for $22,500.

The cab­ins are the con­struc­tion school’s main project for the year and all money raised will go back into the pro­gramme.

Head of the con­struc­tion school David East­wood says the cabin project is a great way to put the stu­dents’ learn­ing into a real con­text.

“In­stead of writ­ing sto­ries about Shake­speare they are read­ing build­ing re­ports,” he says.

“It’s rel­e­vant and more in­ter­est­ing for them.”

The One­hunga High build­ing and con­struc­tion school has been run­ning since 2005.

The core of the pro­gramme is build­ing skills but stu­dents also take other sub­jects such as English, maths, busi­ness and PE to sup­ple­ment their ed­u­ca­tion.

The cab­ins were made from scratch with stu­dents tak­ing part in the process through build­ing and ob­serv­ing the elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing work be­ing done by pro­fes­sion­als.

Mr East­wood


the pro­gramme has had very pos­i­tive out­comes with most stu­dents car­ry­ing on into ap­pren­tice­ships.

“A lot of suc­cess sto­ries have blos­somed in the build­ing school,” he says.

Stu­dent Dylan Vendt says the build­ing school has given him a chance to study some­thing he is in­ter­ested in.

“Hav­ing bulk pe­ri­ods of time and do­ing prac­ti­cal learn­ing is bet­ter than be- ing stuck in a class­room,” he says. “Work­ing on the cab­ins is an awe­some op­por­tu­nity to work on a real project that looks great.”

Stu­dents from out­side One­hunga High School are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the build­ing and con­struc­tion school.

They need to be in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in con­struc­tion and able to com­mit to the pro­gramme.

The next in­take will be at the start of 2009.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the con­struc­tion school or the cab­ins, email deast wood@ohs.school.nz or phone 636-6006.


Cabin fever: Stu­dents from One­hunga High have built cab­ins for sale. From back left: Prin­ci­pal Dei­dre Shea, teacher Ben Cor­bett, David East­wood, Rutere Haveti, Isoa Fuasino, Cur­tis Messina, Richard Carl, Nathan Makani, Dylan Vendt, Sam Peek and Mark Laulu.

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