Cambridge Regional College students push the boat out

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Carpentry students from Cambridge Regional College have made a very special contribution to local schoolchildren in the village of Alconbury.

The students, who are studying Carpentry Level 1 at the College's Huntingdon Campus, have been working with Alconbury Church of England Primary School for the past four months, building items of play equipment for the children to use during their breaks.

A boat, wigwam and other items of playground furniture were built from disused wooden pallets and the students and tutor are delighted with the outcome of their efforts.

Brian Mussino, Carpentry Tutor at Cambridge Regional College, and Sarah Fielding, Work Experience Coordinator, accompanied students Adam Fisher, Charlie Smith and Joseph Flitton to the school to deliver the new play equipment and the children were thrilled.

"What a fantastic morning we had, delivering our wooden treasures to Alconbury C of E Primary School" commented Sarah. "The students were able to experience first-hand the joy and delight that these rustic pieces of play equipment can bring to the playground. This project has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of from start to finish.

Tutor Brian commented: "We are always making items in the carpentry barn and I like to stretch the students into thinking outside the box. They have enjoyed getting involved and I think today was the icing on the cake when they delivered the items to the school to see the children's reaction."

Charlie Smith said: "I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Alconbury project, creating something useful and worthwhile for the school out of materials that would otherwise have been scrapped, I am looking forward to next year's project already."

The students were full of enthusiasm to kick start the project from the moment they opened the van full of pallets, donated by Firstan in Godmanchester. They have all worked really hard from design through to creation and it has been wonderful to see these pallets, which were bound for the scrap heap, being transformed into such amazing creations by our Level 1 carpentry students."

Head of Alconbury Church of England Primary School, Jane Watts and her Deputy Head Hannah Mulcrone were very keen to start discussing plans for more creations for the next academic year when Adam, Charlie and Joseph return to college in September for Level 2 carpentry.

Jane Watts summed up the day: "We are delighted with our new furniture which was kindly designed and made by the students from Cambridge Regional College's Huntingdon Campus. They will enhance our school outdoor environment and help support playground-based learning. Our school budget no longer extends to provide these types of resources, so we are extremely grateful."

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