Students go gaga over new hand-built pit

By Alex Gretgrix

STUDENTS from Echuca College have had their taste of the hands-on way of learning as they recently completed their project thanks to the Hands on Learning program.

With the help of artisan teacher Jamie Harding and staff at the school, the students researched and built their own gaga pit, a game that was a hit with many.

“The students completed the pit earlier in the week and it's been used every recess and lunch ever since,” principal Simon Wood said.

“One of our teachers came to us with the idea of a gaga pit and after a bit of research, the students got to work.”

The children worked hard for six to eight weeks, researching, planning and of course building the structure ready for the other students to use.

The pit, which is made in a octagonal shape built up off the ground, allows students to handball a ball around, aiming for other's lower halves in order to get them out of the game.

“We went back and forth with our design, making sure the measurements were correct and the students seemed to really enjoy the task,” Jamie Harding said.

The students all agreed the program really changed their school experience for the better.

“It's a great chance for us to be more hands on and get out of the classroom for a while,” student Mason Verstage said.

“Some of us have a bit of trouble in the classroom, we get bored and misbehave, so doing projects like this is great,” student Brodie Hartford said.

But these projects wouldn't be possible without the support and funding from the Moama Bowling Club and the School Focused Youth Service.

“Funding projects like this is so important to us because we see a lot of potential in hands-on learning,” Moama Bowling Club sales and marketing manager George Santos said.

“We want to work with all the schools to ensure they have these types of opportunities as well.”

The schools look forward to continuing to program in the 2020 school year.