Waipiro Bay community revving up

ENGINE REBUILDERS: Students learn how to master small engines at EIT’s new training course at Waipiro Bay School. Picture supplied

Waipiro Bay School is once again helping train the East Coast community, with Eastern Institute of Technology hoping to bring regular programmes to the community.

“We have a small engines course that started at the former Waipiro Bay Primary School on Monday, May 6, which runs for three days a week across eight weeks,” says EIT student support adviser Luke Fox.

“Students are learning how to repair and maintain small car engines, lawn mowers, chainsaws, boat motors and motorbike engines, including repairing ball joints on box trailers. We have around 20 students who have enrolled for the course, mainly from the Waipiro Bay and Te Puia Springs community.

“The course is very hands-on and allows our students to have a first-hand go at trying to repair their machinery before they contact an expert. It’s not too late to enrol . . .

“We are also in the early stages of starting a computing skills course where students will learn about operating basic Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, scanning and PowerPoint programs. These courses mark the start of some really exciting initiatives planned for the Waipiro Bay Primary School as we plan to upskill our local people and create activities, events and potential employment for our community.”

The Ministry of Education closed Waipiro Bay School in 2013, due to declining rolls.

The building and land is now owned by a charitable trust, which represents the original owners of the land who gifted it to the state for educational purposes.

Waipiro Bay School is once again helping train the East Coast community, with Eastern Institute of Technology hoping to bring regular programmes to the community.

“We have a small engines course that started at the former Waipiro Bay Primary School on Monday, May 6, which runs for three days a week across eight weeks,” says EIT student support adviser Luke Fox.

“Students are learning how to repair and maintain small car engines, lawn mowers, chainsaws, boat motors and motorbike engines, including repairing ball joints on box trailers. We have around 20 students who have enrolled for the course, mainly from the Waipiro Bay and Te Puia Springs community.

“The course is very hands-on and allows our students to have a first-hand go at trying to repair their machinery before they contact an expert. It’s not too late to enrol . . .

“We are also in the early stages of starting a computing skills course where students will learn about operating basic Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, scanning and PowerPoint programs. These courses mark the start of some really exciting initiatives planned for the Waipiro Bay Primary School as we plan to upskill our local people and create activities, events and potential employment for our community.”

The Ministry of Education closed Waipiro Bay School in 2013, due to declining rolls.

The building and land is now owned by a charitable trust, which represents the original owners of the land who gifted it to the state for educational purposes.

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