In­ter­me­di­ate kids dig it

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­

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.

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