Play­house a win­ner with the kids

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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