Students of the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre (ILC) have been putting their DIY skills to the test in a recent project involving recycled wood.
As part of their Community Studies subject, a group of nine Year 11 and 12 students have created a paved outdoor space featuring coffee tables, seating and a chook run predominantly made out of recycled wooden pallets.
Naracoorte ILC campus manager Tammy Schinckel said the students picked up a whole range of new skills through the “reno rescue” project.
“As well as completing their theory and learning about occupational health and safety, students were able to construct the outdoor furniture themselves with the help of teacher Mike Enberg and student support officer Brian Wisbey, which they really enjoyed,” she said.
“Every student had to come up with 10 different ideas that would be suitable for a courtyard and then we had a class meeting discussion about what would actually work.
“I think we went with every idea that people came up with – each group worked out what they were going to focus on and in the end it came together really well.”
Tammy said the ILC was able to keep the costs of the project down due to the generosity of many businesses and individuals from the local area.
“We’ve been able to finish the courtyard for under $500 and have basically completed it in around six months, which is great,” she said.
“The community has been amazing – they have been very supportive of the things we do here, we are very fortunate.”
Once fully finished, the outdoor space will feature a mindfulness area complete with planter boxes, graffiti art work, wine barrels and a chook run home to numerous laying hens so students can use their eggs in cooking subjects.
Year 12 students will now move onto their next Community Studies project, which is to create a “personal product” from scratch.
Students are in the planning stages of constructing a range of useful items including a clothing rack, an outdoor setting and a table all made out of recycled wooden pallets.