SURF'S UP: Leonie Machnitzke, 16 from Germany, Sunniva Brown-Pedersen, 17 from Norway, Linda Michaelsen, 17 from Norway and Kilian Lampe, 16 from Germany all created body boards as part of the Tannum Sands State High School international students program. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
SURF'S UP: Leonie Machnitzke, 16 from Germany, Sunniva Brown-Pedersen, 17 from Norway, Linda Michaelsen, 17 from Norway and Kilian Lampe, 16 from Germany all created body boards as part of the Tannum Sands State High School international students program. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

WATCH: How these students made body boards from scratch

IT MAY not be the regular lesson of maths, English or science, but students of Tannum Sands State High are definitely taking something away from this class --- how to build and decorate a body board, to be exact.

Once a program designed to bring fathers and sons together through a bonding experience of building together, it has recently been redesigned as a program for international students to get a feel for the Australian culture as well as bonding with their host parents.

International students start with a wooden plank and over two days turn it into a fully working body board using an ancient Hawaiian 'Alaia' method.
 

"We choose for them to build the body board in that method because it's very hands on with little use of power tools or machinery," International Student coordinator Scott Barnard said.

"A lot of sweat was lost in marking out, shaping, planning and sanding the boards," he said.

"So it was very satisfying to see the host parent and international student work together to create something they could potentially have forever."

The finished products are treasured so much so students have been choosing not to use the body boards at the beach, but rather hang them up in their rooms and use them as photo boards during their stay in Australia.

Even so, the school still offers international students free learn to surf lessons as part of an Agnes Water excursion after the completion of their boards.

Find out what the international student's love most about Australia and found most interesting, weird and wacky about what they have seen so far:
 


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