GIVING BACK: Hugh Connal and Jadein Martin from Warwick State High sit on the Buddy Bench next to the chicken coop they have built over the past few months.
GIVING BACK: Hugh Connal and Jadein Martin from Warwick State High sit on the Buddy Bench next to the chicken coop they have built over the past few months. Jonno Colfs

School project teaches boys life skills

THE boys from Warwick State High School Mt Gordon campus are giving something back to the community.

Students at the campus are in the process of making some Buddy Benches, for kids who need a mate.

Mt Gordon campus teacher Mark Fowler said the Rotary Club of Warwick gave them the idea for the Buddy Bench.

"The idea is that if a kid sits on this bench, then he or she is in need of someone to talk, a buddy," he said.

"It's an anti-bullying device and we're making eight in total for the primary schools around the region.

"These benches have been a way for the boys to be able to contribute back to society."

The boys have also been hard at work over the past few months constructing a large chicken coop.

Mr Fowler said teacher Tanya Biar had been a driving force behind the project.

"Tanya started with us this year and has done an absolutely fantastic job," he said.

"The chicken coop project was designed to give the boys something to work towards.

 

"They've learnt a lot of new skills; working with tools and lots of hands-on activities, which they enjoy a lot more than the theory.

"It's given them self-esteem and taught them how to work towards a goal and to see it through to completion."

The chicken coop will be put out to tender and the funds raised will go towards the ongoing work at the Mt Gordon campus.

Interested buyers can contact Warwick State High for details of the tender, which closes on February 3, 2017.

Mr Fowler thanked local businesses Shelleys Industries, R&F Steel Buildings Warwick and Ralph Affleck and his Legume timber yard for their support and supplies for the projects.



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