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Woodwork projects go with the grain across the HSC curriculum

Elka Wood 8 September 2019
Year 12 student Billy Stubbs with his proud mum Kelly Cody behind the bar he built for HSC woodworking. Photo: Elka Wood.

Year 12 student Billy Stubbs with his proud mum Kelly Cody behind the bar he built for HSC woodworking. Photo: Elka Wood.

They’ve been working on these projects since the beginning of the school year and learnt skills in budgeting, problem-solving and project management along the way and this week, Bega High School’s year 12 woodworking students displayed their handmade creations for family and friends.

“The project is only limited by the student’s imaginations and their budget,” says teacher Matt Collins.

Billy Stubbs, of Bega, faced a few challenges when constructing his bar.

“It’s pretty big,” Billy says with a grin “I got some measurements wrong early on so it turned out bigger than I had planned.”

Zac Harlow with the ukulele stand he made for his HSC project. Zac says he dosen't even play the Uke but thought it would be a good project. Photo: Elka Wood.

Zac Harlow with the ukulele stand he made for his HSC project. Zac says he doesn’t even play the Uke but thought it would be a good project. Photo: Elka Wood.

The resin that Billy used to display colourful bottle caps in the top piece of timber cracked a week before the project was due to be assessed, leaving Billy and his mum running around trying to find the right kind of resin to fix it.

“When he said he wanted to make a bar, I wasn’t sure if he could get it finished,” mum Kelly Cody says “but he’s worked so hard on it, whatever mark he gets, I’m impressed.”

Billy has woodworking in his genes, with a grandpa and brother both working in the building trade but some of the students are completely new to the subject.

Rian Smith with her son Ashlin Deighan-Smith, who made a DJ table. photo: Elka wood.

Rian Smith with her son Ashlin Deighan-Smith, who made a DJ table. photo: Elka wood.

Ashlin Deighan-Smith switched to woodworking in year 11 and hasn’t looked back, making a beautifully finished table which is the perfect height to set up his DJ equipment.

“It’s been his favourite subject,” mum Rian Smith says of her son “I credit Mr Carrett for passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm. It’s really a shame that the practical side of the subject has come to an end.”

HSC woodworking is assessed on an exam worth 40% of the final mark and 60% on the final project but includes a portfolio where they plan the project and track its progress through the year.

There’s no doubt that the students enjoy the practical side of the subject.

“It’s good fun, I’d prefer to be here doing something with my hands than sitting at a desk,” Ashlin comments.

Eli Badger tries out a bench made by a classmate. Photo: Elka Wood.

Eli Badger tries out a bench made by a classmate. Teacher Jamie Carrett in background. Photo: Elka Wood.

“There’s not really any parameters, the project has to made from timber and the students and their parents have to work out a budget,” explains teacher Matt Collins

“We have some materials here but students have been very resourceful at sourcing timber from friends and family. The final budget doesn’t determine the quality of the work.”

Eli Badger wanted some nice timber for his beehive and so he and his dad Geoffrey headed to Blue Ridge Hardwoods in Eden, where they not only selected the perfect wood but got a tour of the facility.

Because of the generosity of Blue Ridge, Eli’s project came in at under $60.

Student Eli Badger with the beehive he made and his woodworking teachers Mr Carrett [left] and Mr Collins [right]. Photo: Elka Wood.

Student Eli Badger with the beehive he made and his woodworking teachers Mr Carrett [left] and Mr Collins [right]. Photo: Elka Wood.

Matt says that the department welcomes donations of clean timber that students can use in their HSC projects so if you’ve got some offcuts from a woodworking project lying around, drop them off at Bega High School.

“A lot of the timber we use is not A grade, we show the students how to shape and finish it so that it looks amazing but that’s not what we start with usually.”

Now that the projects are finished and graded, it’s time to focus on exams.

Good luck guys!

What's Your Opinion?

12 Responses to Woodwork projects go with the grain across the HSC curriculum

Camilla Lardi Rizzotto Camilla Lardi Rizzotto 9:16 am 10 Sep 19

Fantastic workmanship

Valerie Little Valerie Little 1:55 pm 08 Sep 19

Bega High- strutting its stuff! Great looking gear. Well done, students and teachers!

Kath Miller 10:48 am 08 Sep 19

Fantastic to see. Guided by such great role models the boys have skills for life. It’s what at education is all about.

Mike Long Mike Long 10:37 am 08 Sep 19

Great to see Bega High Students making news for all the right reasons, well done guys Bega needs great role models

Richard Barcham Richard Barcham 9:54 am 08 Sep 19

Great stuff Jamie Carrett

Jenny Drenkhahn Jenny Drenkhahn 7:47 am 08 Sep 19

I love to see these word working students make such lovely items ; congratulations all

Leah Behl Leah Behl 7:42 am 08 Sep 19

Kianne Steve your table 🤗

Marianne Kambouridis 7:25 am 08 Sep 19

Great work, great staff and terrific article.

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