A space for boys to learn

Year 5 pupils Aro Bier, Tarek Hamzy, Humzah Yassine, Joshua Harding and Shayan Rezaie, all 10 fix bicycles at their school's Boys shed as part of the school's two-year old Boys Shed initiative. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Year 5 pupils Aro Bier, Tarek Hamzy, Humzah Yassine, Joshua Harding and Shayan Rezaie, all 10 fix bicycles at their school's Boys shed as part of the school's two-year old Boys Shed initiative. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Schools in The Hills could soon embrace the concept of the Boys Shed.

Hills mayor Michelle Byrne attended a demonstration of the space for boys to use tools, stay engaged in learning and meet with positive male role models at Parramatta West Public School in April.

Bikes, billy carts and benches are some of the building projects pupils in years 4 to 6 have completed in the two years the Boys Shed has run.

"This would be an interesting concept to set up in The Hills," Cr Byrne said.

"You want to make sure every young person has a bright and successful future and I think this concept would give disengaged youth that opportunity.

"We have a few schools who are very keen to see this set up. It has a lot of potential."

Principals and teachers from Cumberland High School in Carlingford, Crestwood High School in Baulkham Hills and Our Lady of the Angels Primary School in Kellyville were among the group to discuss how the concept might work at other schools.

School and industry partnership brokers from AusSIP, which services the Hills and Parramatta areas, were also there to facilitate.

"We have some students in years 9 and 10 who could do with some additional support in engaging with learning in general," Cumberland High School deputy principal Philip Wood said.

"This might be a real winner."

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