The Big Habitat Build is completed and the house has been trucked off and is now at its permanent address in Clendon Park. All that physically remains is a hole in the hedge on the front boundary. However the project has had a lasting impact on the school.
Terry Holding, the school’s Relationship Manager, sums it up as follows: “Being a partner in the Big Habitat build has been a great opportunity for Takapuna Grammar School. It has created stronger links with the community, particularly the Devonport Rotary Club. It has provided real life learning opportunities for groups of students. And, it has enabled us to grow our understanding of the importance of service. There is no doubt we will continue to support the work of Habitat for Humanity in the future with a greater understanding of the issues they seek to help address, locally and internationally. We hope the Sakila family get as much pleasure from their new house as we got from being part of its build.”
With the agreement of the Board of Trustees, together with the housing charity Habitat for Humanity and Devonport Rotary, we will be part of a project to build a home for a South Auckland family in housing need. The Big Habitat Build will take place between March 13th - 26th 2015.
A five bedroomed home will be built on the field in front of the new car park and when completed will be transported to a site in Weymouth and occupied by a family of 7.
Our students will be involved in a number of aspects of the build as part of their curriculum learning, for example in design, publicity, local service and business. We have already support from the Journalism Club, Business students, the Peer Service Team, the Art Department and the IB CAS students. Devonport Rotary will be raising money locally for the build and helping to promote the project throughout Auckland.
It is also a great opportunity for our local people to engage in a worthwhile and necessary community project. We hope that local businesses and individuals will get behind the project and chip in for the first of its kind home build on the North Shore. Over the next few weeks, there will be further publicity about the event.
If you are interested in being involved or can see a learning opportunity for your students, please get back to me. Those of us already involved would like to see it as a school-wide opportunity to show service and support others in need. For more info on Habitat for Humanity, have a look at http://www.habitat.org.nz/