Kids page: Rarotonga’s youngest carpenters

Saturday September 28, 2019 Written by Published in Education
From left, Elisabeth Numanga, Bob Paiti and Nooroa Charlie are proud of their work, and younger students enjoy the comforts of the tables outdoors under the shade of the tree. 19092612 From left, Elisabeth Numanga, Bob Paiti and Nooroa Charlie are proud of their work, and younger students enjoy the comforts of the tables outdoors under the shade of the tree. 19092612

For some it was the first time using building tools, others were old hands. Melina Etches meets some clever young carpenters.

 

Apii Avarua students have made eleven wooden barbeque tables for their school.

The brightly painted tables with climate change messages are placed in the school grounds for the kids to enjoy.

Principal Engia Baxter said the project was inspired by the students.

Earlier in the year, the school and PTA swung into action organising a read-a-thon to raise the funds to purchase the materials.

Baxter said the school appreciates the hard work by the students and the tutor Angaroa Williams at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute at Arorangi.

Due to the enthusiasm from the pupils, the tables were completed ahead of schedule

“They have earnt this project themselves, have proven they are keen and capable, and this should encourage them to look after the tables.”

Some of the kids who took part in the task shared their experiences of construction with wood for the first time.

Tungata Hoepper in year 8 had the most fun using the cutting machinery and nailing things together. “We all helped each other.”

He thoroughly enjoyed using tools for the first time and painting the tables, saying, “it was my best experience; also we all came up with ideas on what messages we would paint to help get the message out there to help our ocean.”

Hoepper would like to build chairs too, for the school to use.

Honour Ioteva , also in year 8, said using an electric saw and learning to measure wood to build a table was interesting. The hardest part was keep the pieces of wood straight before nailing them in, he says. With a dad as a builder Honour was familiar with most of the tools. He was excited and happy to see the project done.

Elisabeth Numanga, in year 8, said the painting was fun. “I love the colours we chose and we do care about climate change. I learnt new things and want to build chairs for our school for the kids to use. I’m happy with our project.”

Pourie Kaina, in year 7, had a great time learning how to construct a table – her favourite part was not so much using the tools, but the measuring tape. Her team chose cheerful colours for their table, promoting the message of Do Not Litter.

Noah Tiati: Tiati was excited and happy to see the colourful tables completed. Taking control of an electric saw, listening carefully to instructions and building something from scratch for the first time has inspired him to get into the building trade and, “build my own house.”

Nooroa Charlie, in year 8, said blending the colours and coming up with our designs was the best bit. “We actually picked messages that relate to climate change.”

 

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