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Week 1, Term Two, 2017

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Somerset Shed is a Service opportunity for Year 8 students to engage in. The group meets every Monday lunchtime in Cordner 1.3 to continue to develop their carpentry skills from last year’s Sciences billy cart construction, with the vision to undertake projects to create something beneficial to help our local community. The Somerset Shed was founded in 2014 and has flourished ever since.

Group 1’s task was to build nesting boxes for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to house Rainbow Lorikeets. Over the past five weeks, a group of ten Year 8s and four talented Year 9 mentors have gathered and, under the supervision of Mrs Walker, proceeded to build their nesting boxes with various degrees of success. It was a fun task where we were given the opportunity to work with new people and increase our skills with woodwork through a lot of trial and error.

The nesting boxes are crucial for the safety of baby lorikeets to protect them from the dangers of the bush until they are old enough to look after themselves. Because of deforestation, there are not enough trees with natural hollows as they take time to form, so these nesting boxes give lorikeets a larger chance of survival. We will be delivering these personally to the Sanctuary at the end of Term Two and watch as the birds settle into new homes.

We would like to thank Mrs Walker for her constant guidance, as well as our Year 9 mentors for their support and skill. We would also like to acknowledge Maritimo; a local boating company who donated the Marine-grade ply wood kindly to the College for this particular project. Thanks also to Bunnings at Burleigh for their ongoing support of other materials to undertake projects like these.

We encourage current and future Year 8s to sign up, as it has been a valuable experience for us all. It isn’t too late for this year’s Year 8s to get involved later in the year and if you’re interested please email Mrs Walker. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to see you there.

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