At the request of the Principal and School Counsellor, The Men’s Shed has been providing woodworking classes to a small group of 9 year old boys over several terms since the end of 2017. The classes are for 1hr and 15mins, one day a week.
Photo right: some of the boys with the toolboxes they made.
The program has developed ad-hoc since we’re not teachers, and hopefully the next term may be a bit more structured. The aim is to provide a space for young boys who have trouble concentrating in class and to show application of some of the principles learnt in maths classes. So far the class has been well received by the boys and the school, to the extent that the boys are eager to come to school on woodworking days.
The Principal has suggested that we will be working with differnt ages over time.
The program will consist of something like the following:
On some occasions the boys have enjoyed painting their finished work.
Members who would like to help with this or similar projects need to complete a working with children check and satisfy any Education Department procedures.
See more photos of the projects completed below.
Artworks created with wool wrapped around nails.
Bird houses made by the boys.
Echidnas made from wood and nails.
Truck made from wooden blocks.
This project was featured in the August 2018 newsletter