Playhouse a winner with the kids
Youngsters at Matamata’s Kids Corner are reaping the rewards of a project undertaken by Matamata College woodwork students.
The students were last year involved in a BCITO Build Ability Challenge, where the object of the competition was to build a sandpit that had a dual purpose.
The competition had nine entries from around the country and while the college’s construction didn’t win, the students had a lot of fun building it.
Matamata College wood technology teacher Sean Fullick said his students built a playhouse that can slide across the top of a sandpit. The school secured sponsorship from Morrbuild, who supplied a lot of the materials, and Daltons, who donated the sand.
Fullick wanted to thank these businesses who got involved with the project, especially considering the playhouse and sandpit has now been donated to Kids Corner.
The students spent their woodwork classes over a nine-week period building the playhouse and decided to build it in the style of a hobbit hole.
Kids Corner centre manager Linda Fairgray said the centre were fortunate to be recipients of such a wonderful play tool. It now takes pride of place in the under twos area.
Aroha pepi team leader Mel Atkinson said the under twos were now ‘‘having a ball’’ with the playhouse and sandpit.
PLAYHOUSE: Thanks to Matamata
College woodwork students, Kids Corner has a new playhouse. From
left, aroha pepi team leader Mel Atkinson and Kaitlyn Judge-Maloney, 1, centre manager Linda Fairgray and
Matamata College wood technology teacher Sean Fullick.