Train Friendship Bench Stationed at Nursery

The College's Sixth Form Construction students have recently completed a Thomas the Tank Engine-inspired friendship bench.

The bench, that took four weeks of work to complete, is part of the College’s yearly community project, which will be donated to staff and children at the Happy Days Nursery in Exeter.

Paul Robbins, Sam Morgan and Ben Geary with the Friendship Bench
Paul Robbins, Sam Morgan and Ben Geary with the Friendship Bench

Friendship benches are a special place in a nursery or school playground where a child can go when they want someone to talk to. The bench was inspired by drawings made by the children of Happy Days Nursery, using the themes and colour schemes of their artistry.

It is an important community project, as explained by Painting and Decorating lecturer, Paul Robbins: “The project offers our Construction students something different to show off their skills. The friendship bench is not only a fantastic opportunity to give something back to a local nursery, but also gets our students’ names out in the local community and local businesses for future employment.”

Year 12 student, Sam Morgan, enjoyed working on the project: “The practical, community-led work gives us an opportunity to get some real hands-on experience and to hone our skills. It feels great that we are giving something to the staff and children that will last for years and years.”

The project offers our Construction students something different to show off their skills. The friendship bench is not only a fantastic opportunity to give something back to a local nursery, but also gets our students’ names out in the local community and local businesses for future employment.

Sam Morgan, Construction Student
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