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NMIT Charity Cubby for Alphington Childrens Centre

26 Mar 2013

A charitable endeavour in carpentry - that's the name of the game for students at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) who will present Yarralea Children's Centre with a new cubby house as a donation on Wednesday 24 October between 9.30-10am. The Centre is located at 54 Yarralea St Alphington.

The cubby house, about two metres high and over three metres wide, was constructed by students in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) carpentry program at NMIT's Heidelberg campus, as part of work experience on a real-life and personal development community project.

The students, aged between 16 and 18 years, have undertaken a 32-week pre-apprenticeship program involving Certificate II in Carpentry as well as studying various units in the Year II VCAL course including problem solving, conflict resolution, effective communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.

The program aims to enhance the students' personal development as well as equip them with carpentry skills and knowledge to help them obtain an apprenticeship in the trade.

NMIT VCAL teacher Vicki Rose said NMIT contacted Yarralea Children's Centre to offer them a new cubby as a suitable community organisation which could directly benefit the children at the centre.

The Centre's Director, Kate Fawcett, said the centre's old cubby was over 15 years old and quite small so the offer of the new cubby was terrific.

'We jumped at the chance to have a much bigger cubby and the children are very excited about it,' Kate said.

'The students came out and consulted the children, asking them what they needed and then took measurements for the design.'

With two groups of four-year-olds and one group of three year olds and 26 children in each group, the much bigger cubby will provide space for more children and also more inclusive, social play.

'It will give them an open ended play experience where they can be imaginative and engage socially.'

The cubby, made of pine timber, will be painted by the children themselves.

For NMIT student, Abdul Taleb, 16, building the cubby reminds him of his own childhood experience playing in a cubby as well as providing him with real work experience for a great charitable cause.

'I was rapt to hear we'd be building a cubby and I've acquired a lot of skills that will hopefully help me obtain an apprenticeship,' Abdul said.

'It's also good to give to the community and it's important to be charitable to help others.'

He added it was also nice to see the young children at the centre so excited and happy about having a new cubby.

'It makes me feel good to be able to do something for others as I have very good memories of playing in one too.'


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