Teachers and students going to the pits – Wandoan
Wandoan State School students and teachers will don steel toes and hard hats this week (28th, 29th May) when they tour Glencore Wandoan Mine’s sample pit, in a first for the school.
The half-day excursion will be led by a Glencore Wandoan Exploration Coordinator Brad Pearson who will teach them all about the geology of the area and how technology is changing mining and the careers within the sector.
“Technology is changing the nature of almost all resources sector careers, and geology is no exception,” said Rick Matthews Project Supervisor/Land & Property Coordinator Glencore Wandoan Coal Project.
“It’s really great to be able to get the teachers and students out on site to demonstrate this, and for them to understand the links between their classroom lessons and the real world of work,” he said.
Wandoan State School P-10 Principal Jonathan Case said it was a rare and valuable opportunity for the students and teachers to understand the geology of the region through the eyes of an expert, and how mines operate.
“There are all sorts of careers available here for our students and it’s important for them to understand the many choices they have that can enable them to remain in, or come back to, their home communities following further studies.”