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Students transform Helston College horticulture building
7:00am Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
While the future of major redevelopment at Helston Community College remains uncertain, one area has been given an overhaul thanks to enterprising students and staff.
The construction and horticulture building, which is sited on the other side of the road to the upper school campus, was transformed at the end of the summer term by five year ten work experience students and the post 16 masonry diploma students.
One side of the building was a glass wall that was “beyond repair.” Over the course of the week this was ripped out and replaced with brickwork by the masonry students – who can now include this as part of their diploma – before the work experience youngsters fitted new windows supplied by Levick and Jenkin in Penryn at cost price.
The wall was then rendered and painted before an official unveiling by headteacher Dr Pat McGovern.
Nigel Philpott, head of construction courses at the school, said: “It’s made a hell of a difference. One it’s secure and two it’s safe. The water used to pour in through the bottom.”
Work will continue next term to further improve the building, creating a long foyer and a snack room for students.
“The students got a lot out of it. They saw the process from start to finish, at very minimal cost,” added Mr Philpott, who was helped out by construction teacher Nigel Eathorne, masonry teacher Phil Moyles and carpentry teacher Dave Cummins.
Outside, the garden area has also been transformed, by the horticulture students.
What used to be a drab seating area is now filled with plant features, a giant chess board and a mosaic wall, painstakingly created by post 16 teaching assistant Lindsay Carnick and year 11 student Christian Day.
This area can now be used by students on the horticulture, animal care and construction courses during breaks and lunchtimes.
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