Landscape Construction apprentice Isaiah Kennedy with WIN News Illawarra
From primary School Captain, to Landscape Apprentice, Isaiah or as he is affectionately known as ‘Buster’, has come full-circle revisiting his childhood school after 10 years to give back and showcase his landscaping skills.
“To be able to work in a school environment and put my TAFE NSW training into practice was great,” Buster said.
Proud Yuin man and lover of the outdoors, Buster’s infectious smile and zest for life shone through during his media interviews with ABC Illawarra’s Drive time radio host Lyndsay Mcdougal, Eva Baxter of Win News and the Illawarra Mercury.
WIN News Illawarra, behind the scenes with Rod and Isaiah
Having the realisation in high school that he didn’t want to be ‘stuck’ working in an office, Buster knew that through Landscaping, he could continue to broaden his knowledge of plants. With a long term goal of starting a business and nurturing culture and kinship, Buster recalls having fond memories as a child traveling to the top of Mount Keira with his Dad.
“After learning how we used to live and feed off of the land, I understand how important nature is to me and to my tribe”, he explains.
Lindsay Park Public School students enjoying their new landscaped gardens and play area
More than 100 Certificate III Landscape Construction apprentices from TAFE NSW Yallah spent 12 months beautifying the school by helping to cost, source and build two pathways, a circular deck and an expansive garden area.
“We were involved every step of the way and knowing we made the school a more welcoming environment is very satisfying”, says Buster.
Working to transform what was previously an unused space, Rob Wardlaw, TAFE Yallah Landscape Construction teacher, understands the importance of gaining real world experience.
“The biggest thing for my apprentices is being able to stand back and see a finished product, because realistically, that’s what they’ll be doing”, explains Rob.
The students and TAFE teachers worked closely with the school to help bring their vision to life, even adapting their assessments to align with the project.
“It ticked a lot of boxes and the students really got a kick out of it”, says Rob.
WIN News Illawarra filming the students of Linsday Park Public School
Cheese! The students of Lindsay Park Public are all smiles for WIN News Illawarra
As a result, the kids at Lindsay Park Public School are BIG fans of their new garden. Scroll through to check out some playful behind the scenes and finished project photos.
To watch Buster LIVE on TV, visit WIN News Illawarra’s Facebook page.
To read the recent write up, jump on the Illawarra Mercury website.
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