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VET students donate time at Echuca South

Echuca South Primary School students have benefitted from the expertise of district VET students, who visited the school.

REBECCA KERR September 5, 2014 3:54am

VET student Keegan Hutchins and VET teacher Dan Davidson.


Echuca South Primary School students were excited to work alongside the ‘big kids’ on Wednesday.

District VET building and construction students donated their time to refurbish the school’s environmental learning garden and play area.

Nineteen students from surrounding secondary schools helped convert the green house into a cubby, dig ponds and install benches they had made for the garden.

Echuca College VET teacher Dan Davidson said the day was good hands on experience and gave the students the chance to refine their skills and accuracy, while introducing them to power tools.

‘‘By the time we finish today, they should have grown in their confidence in the use of their hand tools and power tools,’’ he said.

Echuca South principal Karl Stenning said the project was a good collaboration that offered the VET students experience and the primary students the opportunity to work with older children as they prepare to make the move to secondary school.

‘‘The little kids get a chance to work with the big kids which they love and it’s a good opportunity for them to interact with older students because most of these children will be getting ready to head off to high school,’’ he said.

The school has big plans for the garden which it will use to encourage environmental awareness and responsibility.

Students will grow vegetables to incorporate in classroom cooking activities, care for animals who call the garden home and play in the newly refurbished cubby house and sand pits.

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