7 June 2011
Gearbulk Melbourne today unveiled its first G-pod at Noble Park Primary School situated on the outskirts of Australia's most populous city.
Designed to encourage creative play, the G-Pod is a shipping container loaded with an assortment of safe industrial by-products such as building materials and tyres. The container's traditional heavy doors have been replaced by a rolling door. Children are encouraged to use the materials to learn through play and creative problem solving.
Using the G-Pod contributes to the development of vital social skills such as cooperation, communication and team participation.
Noble Park Primary School has 260 students enrolled representing 40 different nationalities. Three-quarters of the students come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The G-Pod unveiling ceremony was marked by a student assembly, introductory speeches and a joint ribbon-cutting by the local mayor and Geir Osland, General Manager of Gearbulk's Melbourne office.
Three more G-Pods are planned this year.