Terrific teepees

Terrific teepees

Harrisdale Primary School kindergarten and pre-primary students Jaden, Addison, Amelie, Sunny, Eden and Jaxon with Gosnells Community Men’s Shed volunteers Brian Beech and Tom Seaman. Photograph – Richard Polden.

Donated treated pine and left over wooden pallets have been given a new lease on life in the form of teepees for the students at Harrisdale Primary School.

The Gosnells Community Men’s Shed was contacted a couple of months ago by the school with a photograph of a teepee design they thought would look great in their early childhood play spaces.

Workshop manager Brian Beech said the organisation worked on its own unique design and communicated back and forth with school staff until the design was perfect for children of various ages.

“We produced three teepees for the school which were built at the workshop and then constructed on site,” he said.

“We have since had a request from another men’s shed over east for the plans so they can make some for local schools over there and I will be making one soon for my grandson to play in at home.”

Harrisdale Primary School Deputy Principal Alison Forzatti said the project was a win-win for the school and the men’s shed members.

“Our students have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the teepees,” she said.

“As you watch the students play in the teepees they are developing imagination, creativity, conservational skills and social interaction.”

Mrs Forzatti said the collaboration with the men’s shed was ideal as its members had the skills to build the teepees and had access to materials, which kept project costs reasonable for the school.

“Our sincere thanks to all the men who worked on this project, the students love them,” she said.