Stu­dents give back to pri­mary school

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY - Peter Tiffany

Mar­ian Catholic School took de­liv­ery this week of two colour­ful games ta­bles spe­cially made for them by two old boys who are Year 13 tech­nol­ogy stu­dents at St John’s Col­lege.

St John’s ma­te­ri­als tech­nol­ogy teacher Steve An­drew said the tech class reg­u­larly works with stake­hold­ers and the wider Hamil­ton com­mu­nity when plan­ning ‘giv­ing back’ projects.

“This was ex­tra spe­cial when we re­alised the co­in­ci­dence of Mar­ian be­ing the old pri­mary school of the two boys mak­ing the ta­bles,” he said.

Ri­wata Tei­waki made an out­door ta­ble for a new play­ground area Mar­ian has de­vel­oped.

An­thony Lewis made an in­door ta­ble that in­cludes two lift-out chess boards and space to store games pieces un­der­neath.

St John’s pro­vides the Yr 7 and 8 tech­nol­ogy cur­ricu­lum to Mar­ian stu­dents. A teacher no­ticed out­door fur­ni­ture be­ing made and sug­gested the ta­bles project.

“At the be­gin­ning of the year we took our ideas to Mar­ian to seek feed­back,” Mr An­drew said.

“St John’s boys pro­duced a brief and did the de­sign work. Mar­ian staff and stu­dents who are here Tues­days and Fri­days were able to com­ment on the de­sign and devel­op­ment of our class draw­ings.

“Year 7 and 8 had ma­jor in­put, in­clud­ing that the ta­bles be colour­ful,” he said.

One ma­jor chal­lenge was get­ting the chess boards metic­u­lously painted with sharp edges to the black and white squares.

“Af­ter test­ing ideas and much trial and er­ror with smoother boards and dif­fer­ent mask­ing tape, we got it right,” Mr An­drew said.

The two ta­bles are al­ready in use and much ap­pre­ci­ated by the Mar­ian staff and stu­dents.

The Mar­ian stu­dents were very en­thu­si­as­tic about their new out­door ta­ble made by Ri­wata Tei­waki (seated third from right).

Pho­tos / Steve An­drew

St Johns ma­te­ri­als tech­nol­ogy stu­dent An­thony Lewis with some of the Mar­ian stu­dents check­ing out the ta­ble he made.

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