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High school challenge

Thursday, 8th June, 2017

Teacher Terry Ellice with students Jay Vidal, Chris King, Jagan Baxter and PJ Hackett. Teacher Terry Ellice with students Jay Vidal, Chris King, Jagan Baxter and PJ Hackett.

By Kara de Groot

The Globe Home Timber and Hardware car park will see some action today when students from Broken Hill High and Willyama compete against each other in a construction project.

The local competition is part of a state-wide initiative that will see finalists head to the Timber & Working With Wood show held in Sydney at the end of June to demonstrate their projects.

Four Year 9 students from each school will be given two hours to create projects from plans provided, and BHHS technological and applied studies teacher, Terry Ellice, said his students are ready to go.

“This is the first time Broken Hill has taken part in the competition, and I know the boys will give it their best,” Mr Ellice said.

“Us teachers can’t help, it’s all up to the kids to get organised and work as a team,” he said. “They know what they have to make and they’ve been practicing for it.”

The BH High School contenders are Jay Vidal, Chris King, Jagan Baxter and PJ Hackett.

Willyama High School teacher Daniel Edwards said his team had also been workign hard for the competition.

“They’ve been practicing and I’ve run them through the job,” Mr Edwards said.

“Kyle Machoney, Seth Brown, Jorden Ormsby and Fraser Colley are the students competing.”

The competition is being sponsored by Globe Home Timber and Hardware which will also provide extra prizes for the competition.

Both teachers said they hoped to see a good turn out today to support the boys.

“We’ll be there to talk to anyone who’s interested about what we’re doing and trying to achieve, which is about promoting STEM education,” Mr Ellice said.

“It’d be nice to see people out there supporting them and talking to them and asking questions,” Mr Edwards said.

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