Halwin Primary reception and year one pupils were full of excitement and smiles when they saw their new reading boat and bookshelves built by students at Falmouth Marine School.
The reading boat will be a focal point in the Robins classroom to encourage the children to read by creating a fun and relaxing space. The bookshelves have been shared between the older classes to create a wow factor in their reading areas.
The children visited Falmouth Marine School boatyard in October during their aspirations week, where they were shown boatbuilding techniques and the facilities. Off the back of that visit, Falmouth Marine School students offered to make them a reading boat and some book shelves that look like a boat.
Vicky Tamblin, teacher at Halwin School said the children loved visiting the boatyard and were “super excited to come back”.
“They have already planned what we will do with it in classroom and what books will go on the shelves,” she added.
Dennis, aged six, was delighted when he saw the finished project. Especially the small mouse named Rodney that sits at the top of the snug. “I love the mouse, he might creep into the books,” he explained.
Student Philip Clarke, who is into his first term on the Boatbuilding level 3 course said it was “nice to put something back into the community and great to encourage children”.
“As the construction was the same as building a full size boat, I learnt a lot from it, bending clicker planks and such,” he continued.
“I was delighted to take it on, five months ago I would have been clueless of where to start, but I have already developed an abundance of skills and knowledge thanks to the tutors at Falmouth marine School.”
Located in the heart of the boatbuilding industry at Ponshardon, the boatbuilding courses and apprenticeships equip students with both traditional and modern boatbuilding techniques.
It is the only place where students can gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops in both traditional and new wood techniques as well as in the latest range of composites.
As the boatbuilding principles used were the same that would be used building a full sized boat, Boatbuilding Tutor Simon Combe, said the college was delighted to support the project.
“Live projects are an integral part of the boatbuilding courses,” he explained.
“We work with a multitude of employers on live projects and work experience placements. This provides the students with first class experience in the industry which is proving to lead directly to employment.”
Students have built a prototype for a new generation of sailboat, worked on the creation of a replica Viking boat for an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and built a Viking Prow, for a centre piece at Chelsea garden Show, to name a few.