Intermediate kids dig it
Matamata Intermediate was temporarily transformed into a construction zone on Thursday as part of an infrastructure careers day.
Alistair McIntyre, better known as Mr Mac, author of the Doug the Digger children’s books, was there to tell students about the industry.
‘‘We’re talking to them about the values of education and school and how they can help you in your career,’’ he said.
‘‘ They are learning about safety, listening, following instructions, and being drug free.’’
Students from the nearby Waikato Digger School were on hand to pass on some of the skills they have picked up.
‘‘ It’s giving them an opportunity to teach what they have learnt,’’ said tutor Gerry Burger.
There was a practical element to the day, with students having the chance to take a digger for a spin.
They also learnt the process of running through a safety check and wearing safety gear.
Year 8 student Aidan Lawrence had a turn on the digger and said the experience was ‘‘pretty cool’’.
Mr Mac would like to thank the Matamata Kiwanis for helping to fund the visit.
Giving it a go: Matamata Intermediate student Aidan Lawrence takes a digger for a spin under the guidance of Mr Mac.
Staying safe: Waikato Digger School students Kimmy Earnshaw and Cody Kahui-Moke teach Matamata Intermediate students about workplace hazards.