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Academic Curriculum

Year 12 Entertainment students on the power tools

Entertainment students gaininh practical skills, Oct 2017

From Drama and Entertainment teacher, Peter Lamb

The current Year 11/12 Entertainment class spent a full day away from regular classes last week building sturdy drama set boxes as part of their studies.

Mr Matthew Barr teaching the Entertainment students

The boys are required to prove competency in a unit called Power Tools/Hand-Held Operation as part of their Certificate 3 in Live Entertainment and must learn to safely use common workshop tools such as power drills, drop saws and jig-saws.

The boys were fortunate to have Mr Matthew Barr of the TAS Department teaching the workshop and it was held in the state-of-the-art TAS facilities at Waverley College.

To give the workshop a practical outcome, boys had to work in pairs to construct theatre set boxes that are invaluable for Waverley Drama classes. Mr Barr, a former carpenter, brought an impressive degree of real-world experience to  the workshop.

Entertainment class learns practical skills

The boys applied themselves admirably and enjoyed the day immensely. Feedback from them included, ‘It was great to learn hands-on, not just theory on a whiteboard.’ Another boy offered, ‘The workshop was great experience where I learnt lots of tool skills and tips that I could apply in future work situations.’ The boys welcomed the team-building aspect of the day, ‘Great to work as a team, takes the nerves out of it a bit.’

Thanks again to Mr Barr and the TAS Department for making such a successful and practical workshop possible.