Classroom swapped for the workplace

18:46, Nov 28 2012
Geraldine High School Work Day
WASHING UP: Laura Sadler, 14, was in charge of cleaning vehicles at Woodleys.
Geraldine High School Work Day
HANDY MAN: Oliver Sewell, 15, helps out at the Geraldine Building Centre.
Geraldine High School Work Day
HELPING HAND: Karla Gilbert, 15, left, and Olivia Moffitt, 14, help with the gardening at Geraldine Primary School.
Geraldine High School Work Day
ON THE JOB: Bailey Chisnall, 15, left, and Charles Prattley, 15, assist with a paint job.

Geraldine High School students have been doing their bit to help local businesses and groups in their community.

Year 10 students swapped the classroom for one day of work as part of the school's annual service day earlier this month.

Teacher Shirley Lindroos said 100 students took part in one of the 52 jobs on offer. Some worked for half a day, others for an entire day. Their workplaces included schools, kindergarten, preschool, farms and shops.

Some of their jobs involved native tree planting, yard work, wood stacking, gardening, lawn mowing, computer work, painting and cleaning.

She said the school received "very positive" feedback from both the students and business owners and managers. Four of the students were also offered regular work, which they will do after-school and during weekends and holidays.


The Timaru Herald