A new space for budding builders

The redevelopment of Long Bay College’s Wood Technology building, which was gutted by a devastating fire in 2017, has been completed in time for the start of the 2021 academic year. Students and staff couldn’t be happier with the modern, bright and airy classroom.

“I’m really proud of the state-of-theart building we’ve created. It was worth the wait. There was a silver lining [to the fire], says Mr Jeff Evans, Long Bay College’s Wood Technology teacher.

Teaching staff had a lot of input into the building’s design which includes a high efficiency ventilation system, light and heat sensors and a large balcony area which extends the learning space.

“We’ve created a healthy workspace for our students which they are so inspired to learn in. The room is bigger [than before], which enables our students to create larger, more complex and collaborative projects and we’ve been able to incorporate more equipment so students can have more time on the machines,” said Mr Evans.

The school’s Head of Technology, Mr Steven Dymock, says, “Studying Wood Technology is such a great platform for students to begin their vocational pathway. Students can express their creativity, learn problem solving techniques and practical life skills.” He adds, “I meet many former students who attribute their career success in the trades to their time studying Wood Tech at Long Bay. Now, with an exciting, new learning space, we’re able to accomplish even more with our students.”

The Wood Technology building has been named the ‘Bourdōt Building’ as a tribute to the College’s former Head of Technology, Mr Paul Bourdōt who taught at the school for 35 years.

The building was blessed by Matua Hama McNeill at the start of Term One and an official opening will be scheduled in the coming months.

Congratulations to everyone involved in creating the new Wood Technology classroom.



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