Teenage girls at a Sydney school are shown how to change tires and check the oil level as part of a new initiative – calling for every student in Australia to learn the life skills
- Students of the 11th year at Stella Maris College in Manly showed important life skills
- They learned, among other things, how to replace a car tire and keep an eye on the coolant level
- Part of the school’s ethos of being strong, independent and resourceful young women
A group of teenage girls was recently shown the importance of regular car maintenance as an essential life skill.
Students in Year 11 at Stella Maris College in Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches, learned how to change a tire, the most efficient way to check tire pressure, how best to check oil and coolant levels and what they had to do in the event of a car accident.
The long-term initiative followed when Sydney ‘auto educators’ Galmatic contacted the school earlier this year to gauge interest.
According to their website, the all-female Galmatic team of four “specializes in helping Australian women and teenagers feel comfortable behind the wheel through our hands-on car maintenance workshops and online courses.”
Students at Stella Maris College in Manly (pictured above) learned how to change a tire and what to do if they were in a car accident
They also learned how to check the pressure in car tires by Galmatic owner Eleni Mitakos (pictured above) and the importance of checking the oil and coolant levels.
Stella Maris College (pictured) is a girls’ Catholic school for girls on Sydney’s northern beaches
Eleni Mitakos, who has led Galmatic for the past 13 years, was quick to say that the hands-on workshops aren’t just for teenage girls.
“We teach 100,000 teenagers a year in schools in all parts of Sydney,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The main goal is for teens to feel comfortable behind the wheel. They end up driving very large vehicles which can be very expensive if not properly cared for.
‘We can’t emphasize enough to all our students that you should never ignore a problem with your car, you should tackle it for your own safety.’
Amy Smith, the assistant director for wellness at Stella Maris College, said the students all found the recent workshop to be a valuable exercise.
“We had three groups of about 40 girls in what we call a raid (event on school grounds),” she said.
The feedback was very positive, the Galmatic ladies were very patient and thorough in what they explained.
“All the teaching staff and our principal, Elizabeth Carnegie, felt that a workshop like this would be helpful for many reasons, mainly skills the girls should learn before leaving school.
“It was also important to show the girls that they have the capacity to handle situations themselves once they are on the road, rather than relying on someone else.”
The initiative won a lot of fans on the Today Facebook page. One user said it was a ‘great idea’, while another suggested that knowing a car inside out is an essential skill for any teen, in addition to ‘cooking, sewing and taxes’.
A number of people on Channel 9 Today’s Facebook page (pictured above) were impressed by the workshop initiative
Year 11 students recently learned the importance of car maintenance as a life skill as they mature
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