Binalong Public's 'Young Bloke's Shed' promotes well-being

Binalong Public School has started a 'Young Bloke's Shed' to promote better mental health and well-being among its male students.

Relieving principal Diane Hickey said the school wants its boys to go to high school knowing they can talk to someone if they're not okay.

Binalong Public School's male students begin working on a mini motorbike during the Young Bloke's Shed's first workshop. Photo: Diane Hickey

Binalong Public School's male students begin working on a mini motorbike during the Young Bloke's Shed's first workshop. Photo: Diane Hickey

The school ran a similar workshop on self-image for its female students.

"Boys can become quite introverted during their teens. The younger you teach them these skills the better," she said.

"A focus for the Department of Education is well-being but it's hard to give it time in an already full curriculum.

"This is all about helping our male students build relationships and trust, just like at a Men's Shed."

It was the school's year 3-6 teacher, Bronwyn Walsh, who came up with the idea of a Young Bloke's Shed to teach the boys these vital skills.

Mrs Hickey then found an ex-mechanic who was willing to volunteer his time to run the project.

The school's other year 3-6 teacher, Geoff Davis, will also help run the shed.

The Young Bloke's Shed's first project will be to take apart, fix up and sell an old mini motorbike.

Binalong Public School's male students work together on the Young Bloke's Shed's first project. Photo: Diane Hickey

Binalong Public School's male students work together on the Young Bloke's Shed's first project. Photo: Diane Hickey

The hope is that the money from the motorbike sale will fund the student's next project, which will be to fence the school garden.

The school has nine male students and the three older boys will be the first to join the Young Bloke's Shed, meeting once a fortnight on a Wednesday, from 1.30-3pm.

"The students seem really excited," Mrs Hickey said.

They will begin using the volunteer's tools and wearing old clothing. However, the school would like to provide the students with their own tools and overalls in the future.

If you have tools or overalls to donate to the Young Bloke's Shed, call Binalong Public School on 6227 4381.