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.
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.
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.