From left to right: Nikki Tunica (Principal), Rose Wilesmith (donated Goldie}, Roger Grealy, Jay Scott-Bucknor, Connor Bugeja, Jake Greig, Vanessa Danes. Other students who helped are Ethan Powell, Imogen Armstrong, Seth Wilson, Georgia Begg.

More than just a grease and oil change at Blaxland High School

Once again the Year 11 Manual Arts Students at Blaxland High School, under the guidance of automotive teacher, Shaun Halden have restored a car which would have otherwise be destined for the scrap heap and donated it to a refugee.
The old Volvo – known as Goldie – which was donated by Rose Wilesmith of Warrimoo, was handed over to BMRSG on 8 June (see pic above) and will now be owned by refugee Hadi, who will use it to get to his work and also to the metal fabrication course he attends at Ultimo TAFE three nights a week.

This is the second car that has had a new lease of life thanks to Blaxland High School students. The first, a Nissan Pulsar was given to a young Afghan refugee in December last year. This worthwhile initiative was the brainchild of teacher Shaun Halden who came up with the idea of involving year 11 manual arts students after a lawn mower and then an old Nissan Pulsar were donated. Volunteers of BMRSG have supported the initiative by assisting to find spare parts and identify a suitable recipient.

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