Pakenham students pizza oven

30 November 2016

Students studying VCAL at ECG College at Pakenham are enjoying the rewards of their labour after building their own pizza oven from scratch.

Photo above: Jedd, Indi, Izabela, Nathan, Jai, Jasmine and Alex fire up the new pizza oven at ECG College Pakenham.

The oven was fired up for an end of year luncheon with students cooking jacket potatoes in the outdoor oven to add to a feast of roast pork, damper and vegetables.

ECG College Teacher, Eamon Hatley-Smith, said the project formed part of the work-related skills unit where students plan the project from the initial concept, through to construction and completion.
“They learn project planning, devise a materials list, and learn building skills including measuring, construction, concreting and bricklaying.”

Student Izabela Bianchi said the project was awesome.
“We learned how to lay bricks and use tools and I hadn’t done any of that before.”

Alex Harper said he enjoyed learning bricklaying skills, while Jed Logan said he felt a sense of pride in being part of project that could be used for years to come.
“I also liked building the wood decking and now my family want me to help build a deck at home.”

ECG College Head of School, Jamie Robertson, said it was fantastic to see the pizza oven come to fruition.

“This is a great way to engage young people to learn valuable social, work and life skills to produce what is now a valuable asset for the College and students.
“The young people have grown in confidence, they’ve learnt team work and they’ve been encouraged to develop problem-solving skills along the way. The skills they learn in projects such as these they can take with them through life.”

ECG College is an independent senior secondary school established by Community College Gippsland and offers VCAL as an option to young people to complete their senior secondary studies in a supportive adult learning environment.

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