A selected group of Finley High School students have spent the past few months learning that with a ‘can do’ attitude they can achieve anything.By Hannah Nichols
The students completed a specially designed program in collaboration with Riverina Institute of TAFE’s Finley campus.
The students were all invited to participate in the innovative program, which saw them mostly rebuilding old lawn mowers and refurbishing old scooters.
Coordinators Neil Breust and Richard Sievers agreed they have enjoyed the project which engages students from the High School.
‘‘We sat the boys down and asked them what they would like to do,’’ Mr Sievers said.
‘‘In reply they asked ‘what can we do’.
‘‘We ended up working on old mowers and scooters donated from the Menshed which, when finished, would be donated back into the community.’’
Mr Sievers said that along with refurbishment work on the mowers and scooters, the boys completed other projects along the way.
He said the boys discovered that clear communication, patience and compromise are all important attributes.
Head of Vocational Access Leonie Francis praised the program, which she said was a ‘‘great success’’.
‘‘The program isn’t just all about leaning skills but it is also about the social and personal skills,’’ she said.
‘‘We like to engage the community and it has been great to have the Menshed involved.
‘‘It has been a real team effort, and I am proud to be involved in the program.’’
Ms Francis said the program provides great community support for the boys in the area and it is a project that TAFE is proud of.
The aim of the course is to allow the boys to experience a variety of mechanical programs.
The group were presented with certificates of completion last Tuesday night at the TAFE campus.
Certificate of thanks were also given to representatives from the Menshed and Paul Dundon, as well as course facilitators and educators.
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