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Abigroup partners with Kurri Kurri High School to make Hunter Expressway classroom

31 August 2012

On 28 August over fifty geography students from Kurri Kurri High School were escorted by Abigroup staff on the Hunter Expressway project as part of a unique learning opportunity.

Abigroup is currently delivering the 27 kilometre western section of the Hunter Expressway, from Kurri Kurri to Branxton and has formed a unique partnership with Kurri Kurri High School through the Beacon Foundation.

The Beacon Foundation aims to help inspire and motivate students to stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment.

Alan Hope, Head Teacher for Welfare at Kurri Kurri High School said, “By linking with Abigroup, Kurri Kurri High School is placing itself in an innovative position that allows students to learn first-hand from people who know the construction industry best”.

“Today is about moving the lesson outside and onsite to see how the expressway is coming together and put theory into practice”.

Angela Hazell, Community Relations Manager at Abigroup said working with Kurri Kurri High School is a great opportunity for Abigroup to work with the local community.

“For the past eight months we have been working with staff and students to apply geography skills to one of the region’s most significant pieces of infrastructure. This is a major project that is being built in their backyard,” said Angela.

“Students have been applying geography skills such as map reading, grid and area references, gradient, environmental planning and sustainability to specific examples from Abigroup’s major work with the Hunter Expressway.

“It’s been a really positive experience for both groups, I believe those who have been involved have really enjoyed this learning experience” Angela said.

        Kurri Kurri High School students get up close and personal at a deck pour for Abigroup's Swamp Creek Bridge in Kurri Kurri

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