Pupils build on skills learnt in classroom
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.