Stu­dents be­come a re­cy­cling rev­e­la­tion

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

Putting the say­ing ‘‘one man’s rub­bish is an­other man’s trea­sure’’ to the test has turned out to be award win­ning for a group of Pu­taruru Col­lege busi­ness stud­ies stu­dents.

Year 13 stu­dents Mart Akkersma, Abi­gail King, Han­nah Saies, Jor­dan Fabrie, Ai­dan Berge, and Ever­est Fitch have taken out the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Sus­tain­abil­ity Award.

The award was part of the 2016 Waikato- King Coun­try Lion Foun­da­tion Young En­ter­prise Scheme An­nual Awards.

Un­der the busi­ness name Deco the stu­dents cre­ated pic­ture frames and other dec­o­ra­tive pieces out of re­us­able ma­te­ri­als such as old to­tara fence bat­tens.

They also had to cre­ate busi­ness cards and or­der forms so that they could sell them.

Jor­dan said with lim­ited funds cre­at­ing the prod­ucts from re­us­able ma­te­ri­als, which they largely sourced from their teacher Dave Shaw’s farm, made sense.

‘‘We re­ally wanted to re­cy­cle stuff be­cause it would be cheaper and we didn’t have a lot of money to use,’’ he said.

‘‘The ini­tial idea was to make candle hold­ers out of drift­wood but we just kept ex­per­i­ment­ing with scrap and na­tive woods and ended up mak­ing the pic­ture frames and dec­o­ra­tive pieces,’’ Mart added.

Abi­gail said once they had enough pieces cre­ated they took them to the Hamil­ton Night Mar­ket.

‘‘For a while we just had them

‘‘It was nice to have a night out.’’ Jor­dan Fabrie

on dis­play try­ing to get the word out and then we took them to the mar­ket where a few of the big­ger pieces man­aged to sell quite eas­ily, ‘‘she said.

‘‘It was nice to have a night out,’’ Jor­dan said.

Mart said it was an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing part in the con­tex­tual learn­ing project.

‘‘It was a lot bet­ter than maths and English be­cause it was a real life ex­pe­ri­ence rather than some­thing that was just made up like; ’Jane has five ap­ples and she sells three of them’,’’ he said.

The stu­dents spent a few hours cre­at­ing each piece.

Ever­est said they man­aged to make about $300 dur­ing the mar­ket which he though was quite im­pres­sive.

‘‘We could have made a lot more if we had put more time into it,’’ she said.

They thanked Shaw for his guid­ance dur­ing the project.

Pu­taruru Col­lege Year 13 stu­dents win the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Sus­tain­abil­ity Award with their re­cy­cled wooden cre­ations.

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