SHED FOR USE: Southern Cross School K-12 deputy principal Wayne Mewing and P&C; representative Christina Laurenson in the shed w
SHED FOR USE: Southern Cross School K-12 deputy principal Wayne Mewing and P&C; representative Christina Laurenson in the shed w

A school shed for blokes?

SOUTHERN Cross School K-12 at East Ballina wants to open up the doors of a shed to the public well, with a focus on blokes.

The 20m-by-9m shed in the school's grounds was built at the school late last year as part of a project to keep students who were at risk of finishing their education early at school.

And now the school wants to know if any community groups would like to use the facility as a 'men's shed'.

The shed, known as the Success Shed, was built at a cost of $48,000, with the school's P&C chipping in with funding.

Deputy principal, Wayne Mewing, said 17 students were currently using the shed as part of their school studies to learn vocational skills like paving, bricklaying, motor mechanics and there are plans to introduce panel-beating.

Mr Mewing said the students are given a taste of these skills within their school day in what he described as an 'innovative classroom', and are offered the chance to do work experience.

The students also can complete their 'green card' so they can be work-ready for construction sites.

Other students in the K-12 school also use the shed for craft work and environmental projects, like plant propagation.

P&C president, Craig Copeland, said the shed would make a great place 'for men to come together to make things that serve their community and to share and learn new skills'.

But the school is in need of tools to build up the resources in the shed and some people who would like to make things.

Mr Mewing said he hoped the 'men's shed' project would allow the school to make contacts with skilled people who could then pass on their knowledge to the students who use the shed. For more information, phone Wayne Mewing on 6686 0503 or Craig Copeland on 6687 6276 (ah) or email mangrove@linknet.com.au.


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