Eyemouth High given Homebase power boost

Eyemouth High School's engineering and technology department has added three new, much-needed, power drills to its toolbox.

Wednesday, 14th February 2018, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th February 2018, 10:56 am
Andrew Hay, head of engineering and technology at Eyemouth High School receiving three OZITO power drills from Martin Mawer manager of Homebase Berwick and president Dave Holland of Rotary Eyemouth.

Two local groups worked with the Berwick-based Homebase manager to ensure that the school’s technology department is now better equipped.

The original money came from the Eyemouth Herring Queen (EHQ) Committee.

As Rotary Eyemouth had helped with stewarding at festival events, it received a cheque from the EHQ Committee and used part of the money to help out the school, the rest going to an international charity.

“During the course of a technology challenge run by Rotary Eyemouth in the high school, it became clear there was a need for a number of additional power drills,” explained Dave Holland, Rotary Eyemouth president.

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“Negotiations began with the manager of the Berwick branch of Homebase, concluding in a deal for the supply of three OZITO power drills.

“This is a perfect example of joined-up community working.

“Money raised within the community, with added value from a commercial organisation, going back into the community in a tangible form that will benefit our young people.”

At the school’s showcase, its own green-powered race car was launched and the ambassador for Green Power, Adam Slade, attended the event.

Adam, whose goal is to get more young people involved in engineering, especially linked to eco energy, said: “These projects show students how school subjects can be applied to real life situations and gives them a positive outlook on engineering and what it is all about.”

The showcase, attended by around 700 people, saw a wide array of talented musicians and performers taking to the stage in the assembly hall with the work of technical, hospitality and fashion students also on show, while students manned stalls for specific subjects and community groups were in attendance.