Students build skills for community

Students from Sacred Heart College Kyneton are launching play equipment designed and built by Year 9 students for the Social Foundry. Pictured in front is Olivia. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Jessica Micallef

Year 9 students from Sacred Heart College Kyneton have designed and built play equipment for a local coffee shop.

As part of their LINCS (Learning, Initiating, Networking and Connecting for Success) program, the students identified the need for play equipment at the Social Foundry cafe and took it on as their major project for 2018.

College curriculum and transition director Joanne Holmes said the equipment was a great addition to the cafe.

“The play equipment is for when parents come to the cafe and it gives children something to do,” Ms Holmes said. “They’ve made tepees, a climbing frame and a hanging garden.”

She said the students started developing ideas at the start of the school year and the design process began in term two.

Ms Holmes said the LINCS program, which is an applied learning subject in year 9, gave students the chance to learn outside of the classroom.

“It’s a hands-on approach and gets the students involved with the community,” Ms Holmes said.

She said the program enabled students to explore their interests and strengths, while developing their team-building skills.

Ms Holmes thanked the Kyneton Learning Centre, Cobaw Community Health Service and Social Foundry for helping with the project.