Technology is a vital part of the curriculum at Rangeview Intermediate. And with the help of the Your West Support Fund, students can now use a state-of-the-art laser cutting machine to take their skills to the next level.
Located on the site of a former orchard in Te Atatu South, Rangeview Intermediate has 381 tamariki on the roll in Years 7 and 8. The school opened its doors in 1968 and recently celebrated its golden jubilee. This special occasion was marked by events and celebrations with the whole school community, including former teachers and students.
Technology is a hugely popular subject with Rangeview’s students and includes lots of hands-on learning. Students have the opportunity to get creative with a variety of practical projects. However, the school identified a need for a laser-cutting machine to further develop students’ learning. The school approached the Your West Support Fund, and the $5,000 funding went towards a brand-new laser cutter.
Laser-cutting machines can cut various materials – everything from paper, wood, cork, acrylic and foam to different types of metals. And the arrival of the laser cutter has opened up a whole new world of learning opportunities for Technology students.
‘We are very grateful for the support,’ declares Sandra Fraser, Acting Principal. According to Sandra, the laser cutter has transformed lessons and allows students to make connections and experience success.
Examples of the fantastic work students have completed with the help of the laser cutter include wooden mazes, LED light displays, a working clock and an engraved leather book.
And Rangeview isn’t the only local school to benefit from the laser cutter. The local primary school, Colwill School Massey, uses Rangeview’s facilities for Technology lessons. This means even more kids are set to benefit from the enhanced learning the laser cutter has helped to achieve.