Senior VCAL HeadStart students kicked off an innovative project today under the guidance of Chris Weir from the Emu Creek Men’s Shed.

The students have been researching sustainability with a focus on waste management in the Bendigo region and decided to put their knowledge into action by converting timber pallets into garden furniture.

The class has been working in specialist groups of the first half of term, each with a particular focus—Building, Safety, Design and Promotion.

Today the students got down to work, deconstructing the pallets, removing nails and cutting the timber to size. Next week they’ll paint the timber ready for construction.

The project covers the gamut of life and employment skills, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, organisational skills and problem solving.

“This is a real legacy project for the students,” teacher Karen Green said. “The seat will end up in the Garden of Harmony alongside previous projects such as the bee-friendly garden and the Harmony Fountain.”

More photos on the BSSC Facebook page