Ngaruawahia High School’s sound shell and stage reigns supreme

Ngaruawahia High School are the Supreme Winners of the 2017 BCITO Build-Ability Challenge after their sound shell and stage took centre stage in the competition.

Ngaruawahia High School

The judges were impressed with the complexity of the student’s construction which took out both the Supreme Award and the Best Video prize – two out of the three awards on offer.

Teams from 14 schools across the country have spent the past few months competing in the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) Challenge. They have had to plan, design and build a project which would make a difference to their school or community.

BCITO Chief Executive Warwick Quinn says the quality of this year’s entries has been truly outstanding.

“We have definitely seen the students thinking about what projects would benefit their school or community.”

Ngaruawahia High School’s students worked together to build an outdoor stage area with a sound shell for the school's eco-village. It will be used for dance, music and drama performances put on for the wider school.

“The dome has been very well constructed and, what's more, it looks fantastic,” says BCITO Group Manager Stakeholder Engagement Greg Durkin. “The judges were impressed by the complexity of the shell and the integration of the many angles used. The result is a structure that is robust and incorporates an interesting design element.”

The team’s progress was clearly documented utilising their builders-log blog posts that told a great story of working with the wider community to create something that will be a great focal point within the school.

“Creative use of video made this an entertaining build to watch during the 19 weeks of the Challenge,” Greg Durkin says.

As the Supreme Winners, the students have won individual prize packs, a trophy and a $1000 voucher for their school’s Technology Department. Their Best Video title has also won their school a GoPro Camera.

The People’s Choice Award which is judged on the number of votes placed by the school’s community went to Howick College who built a series of garden features for their school’s environmental fruit garden. In total, more than 5,500 individuals votes were cast.

Howick College

The Build-Ability Challenge is a key part of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s strategy to attract new apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities of a career in the trades.

The Challenge integrates with the Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) National Certificate, allowing students to earn unit and achievement standards – giving them a head start on their construction training.

“The students who took part have had hands-on experience of what an apprenticeship offers and will be better equipped to pursue a career in the trades after they finish school,” says Warwick Quinn.

“We are committed to supporting and empowering as many young New Zealanders as possible to pursue an apprenticeship. Offering a practical solution to the skills shortage in New Zealand’s building and construction sector.”

Check out the schools' projects and find out more about the Build-Ability Challenge.

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