Cubby houses build skills for high school students

16/06/2019 Posted by admin

Macintyre High School students in years 9 and 10 are making steady progress on three cubby houses expected to be completed in time for Christmas.

It is the sixth year groups of industrial arts students have undertaken the construction project and construction teacher Nick McLoughlin said it is a good chance to put classroom skills into action.

Kyle Schuman, Bodie Nicholls, Kyle Smith, James Trevithick, Jordan Henningsen, Bailey Simpkins, Matthew Buchanan, Sam Leggett, Jackson Barling and Nicholas Pearce have been working hard to have their cubbies finished by the end of the year.

“We were looking at doing something a little bit different for (students) who were interested in the industrial arts subjects, but probably had more of building interest,” he said.

“In year 9 we do a few skills exercises, building little tool boxes and mallets and then you do a little model of a house or garage, with studs and wall frames and things and then it is a progression to put some of those skills into practice.”

In 2008, a group of around 10 students undertook the construction of two cubby houses with assistance from a federal Adopt a School grant and Mr McLoughlin said since then, the school has been able to turn out three cubby houses each year.

He said this is year is the first that the project has included a combined class of year 9 and 10 students working to produce cubbies for locations across the region.

In previous years, locally-made cubby houses have been sent as far as Brisbane, with project proving a valuable exercise for students interested in the construction industry.

“It seemed like a good little building project where you’re building something that is a little bit realistic,” Mr McLoughlin said.

“Most of the materials we used you would find on a house. The timber we use is the same timber framing you would use on a house and the cladding is house cladding, the roofing is corrugated iron.”

He said building the miniature houses has proven to be memorable school project for a number of students.

“I’ve had kids who have come up to me years later and said ‘you know it was the greatest thing I did at school’,” Mr McLoughlin said.

“Quite a number of students who have gone through now have building apprenticeships in town, which is always good to see.”

This year, three cubby houses will be sold across the Northern Tablelands, as far west as Warialda, Mr McLoughlin said.

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