On September 5 the Year 12 VCAL student cohort visited Lentil As Anything in Thornbury. After a successful work experience placement at the cafe, one of the students, Dan Ilsley, decided to create an artwork as a “thank you”. Dan worked closely with integration staff in the school’s Hands On Learning program to complete the project over a 4 month period. Dan enjoyed being involved in all aspects of the project and is very excited to know that his work will be displayed for everyone to appreciate. The visit included a tour of the venue, a group lunch, and a presentation to the cafe’s Manager by Dan and Linda Mitchell, Fitzroy High School’s Acting Principal.
Hands on Learning students have been working on building the Pizza Oven with some help from professional Tradesmen. We have learnt lots of new skills, including, excavation, concrete boxing and pouring, levelling of concrete, how to break a brick into even halves, brick laying, mixing cement render and rendering. We have also been able to use some maths skills to count the number of bricks we needed, measure and divide the spaces, work out some circle sizes and how to make a dome. We have decorated the pizza oven with ceramic fruits that we made last winter. We are about to embark on some pizza making once the oven has cured and the cement is fully dry. Several small fires have already been lit to help this process along.
We have had to work as a team to make this project happen, we worked through recess and lunch on several occasions as wet cement waits for no-one, it has been a lot of fun and we can’t wait to try our first Pizza.
Hands on Learning
Fitzroy High School