Pupils’ building abilities being put to the test


A four-month building project by three Cromwell College pupils comes to an end this week when Ben Moodie (15), Regan Hucklebridge (16) and Mathew Anderson (15) will down tools and hope their local community votes for their entry in the national Build-Ability Challenge.
The competition is run annually by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).
On Wednesday the year 11 pupils were putting the finishing touches to their fire station-themed playhouse to meet tomorrow’s completion deadline.
‘‘We just have to attach the slide, and paint the chalk board on one side,’’ Ben said.
The playhouse, which will be given to the Cromwell Kindergarten, would also feature aninterior mural of a fireman created by fellow pupil Alicia de Joux (15).
Regan said the entry, the only one from a school south of Christchurch, would be inspected by a BCITO building training adviser.
This year’s supreme winner would also be decided by public vote, which runs from August 22-26, and an assessment of the team’s blog produced throughout the building process. The top school would win $1000 for its technology department.
Matthew said the playhouse would be transported to the kindergarten either on a trailer or by Hiab truck.
‘‘It’s quite cool we are giving it to them, as Regan and I both went there as young children,’’ he said.
The three boys were grateful for support from their parents’ businesses, and members of the Cromwell community who had helped with materials and encouragement.
‘‘We have put in some long hours. Last weekend we put in eight-hour days. It is down to the wire now.’’
Cold, wet weather over winter had probably been the biggest problem since building began in April.
College technology teacher Gavin Jenkins said the three pupils were ‘‘wonderful young men’’ who had developed great skills during the project.
Support from parents and those who had given their time and materials had been amazing, he said. – Online voting for the Build-Ability Challenge People’s Choice Award opens on Monday and runs until Friday Votes should be lodged at www.buildability.co.nzAdidas footwearnike fashion