Partnership forged in wood

By Benalla Ensign

A partnership between Benalla P-12 College and the Benalla Woodworkers Association (BWA) is continuing to benefit students more than 12 years after it started.

As part of the agreement students from the Avon St Campus have started their visits to the ‘‘Woodies’’ shed again this year.

Avon Campus assistant principal Jo Treacy said a great partnership had been built during that time.

‘‘The students build relationships with the Woodies folk and enjoy the interaction with them,’’ Ms Treacy said.

‘‘It is a great opportunity for the students to enjoy some hands-on skills and develop a connectedness within our wider community.’’

Integration aide Di McKenna said Don Varcoe, from the association had three special projects for the student to work on.

‘‘(They) consist of lots of sanding, measuring, drilling and hammering,’’ Ms McKenna said.

‘‘The students made a CD rack, a key rack and a rocking bear.

‘‘They were all very proud of their projects and came back to school very excited to take them home to their families.’’

Benalla P-12 acting principal, Paul Challis said: ‘‘On behalf of the students and staff I wish to thank all involved at Woodies for supporting and assisting our students in developing new skills.’’

The partnership has had great success in introducing students to a practical skill and most enjoy the experience.

Student Jobe said: ‘‘Woodies is creative and fun. I liked doing the three different activities and using the hammer.’’