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Voice Bellarine


July 2017




Building on skills Bellarine Secondary College’s Year 11 building and construction class is making a difference to the lives of volunteers and at the same time fine-tuning some practical building skills. The Year 11s and 12s are lining a plant propagation shed used by the volunteers at the Bellarine Secondary College and Bellarine Landcare Group Nursery at the Drysdale campus. The project, a partnership between Bellarine Landcare Group and Bellarine Secondary College Building and Construction engages students in ‘a real life’ practical learning exercise of lining the nursery’s shed. The students have been involved in the project from beginning to end, under the guidance of their teacher Brendan Fairfield, assessing the shed for materials, costing the materials, and undertaking the building works. “This building and construction project is designed to given students basic trade skills to pursue a pathway in the building industry. It develops important communication skills, project planning and organisational life skills which are essential for any career,” Brendan said. The nursery’s co-ordinator David Heath is impressed with the students work. “Our volunteers work here rain, hail or heatwave and this shed is freezing in winter and sweltering in summer so our volunteers are going to really benefit from the students’ work. Installing insulation and lining will enable the space to be buffered from temperature extremes,” he said. The volunteers at the Bellarine Secondary College and Bellarine Landcare Group Nursery propagate indigenous plants for revegetation projects and home gardens. The volunteers are predominately retirees who make a positive contribution to the natural environment while staying active, connected to their community. They meet Mondays and Tuesdays to undertake a wide range of propagation and nursery maintenance activities. Bellarine Secondary College principal Alison Murphy believes the project is an invaluable experience for

Brendan Fairfield and nursery co-ordinator David Heath with Bellarine Secondary School students. 169951 students and is an example of the good co-operative relationship between the school and the Landcare group. “Framing, insulating and lining the potting shed is providing class with a fantastic opportunity to utilise their skills and to support the Landcare group. Working with a community organisation alongside volunteers is a valuable learning experience for students and one that builds their relation-

ships with others and knowledge of what is happening on our peninsula,” she said. “Thank-you to the City of Greater Geelong Community Grants scheme for providing funds to make this project happen. I trust that the modifications to the shed will ensure it is more comfortable for volunteers through summer and winter.”

Zack Bongiorno and Jordy Broughton. 169951


Bellarine Voice - 05th July 2017