Applied Learning Update – September 6, 2018

September 5, 2018

Applied Learning

The Father’s Day PaddyMart was a success with over $260 raised towards the Cancer Council.

The boys all put in a good effort as part of demonstrating outcomes in their Personal Development Skills Strand – Project management.

The standout projects included Noah Hoskins’ bottle top boards, a very appealing project which attracted a lot of interest and capitalized the rustic look of the sustainable resource – pallet wood – he used to make his boards. Jed Labbett made a tray from offcuts sourced from a local joiner. Jed used mitre joints and finished the tray with oil and wax for a lovely finish.

Tyson Strachan’s team made DIY Hot Chocolate in a jar, whilst Jamison Harris’ team made BBQ spice rub. Both of these products sold out.

I would like to acknowledge the teamwork demonstrated by all the boys. These projects could not be finished on time without generous offers from boys, to assist each other. I would like to acknowledge Zak O’Keeffe, who completed the design for the promotional poster.

Also in progress are some substantial pieces of furniture for the space that has opened up to us, in the old Boarders’ Kitchen, due to the completion of the new Boarders’ precinct. Thanks to the leadership of Mr Willey in these initiatives, we will have some functional and beautiful work benches, and a new Conference table, for our space. Having the boys contribute to the making of this furniture is a legacy which we will continue to appreciate for many years.

As the year progresses, most of the boys are now proceeding with projects of their choice. As we start to prepare for the Christmas PaddyMart, it is heartening to see the proactiveness that most boys are demonstrating in the design and development of their final projects for sale, closer to Christmas. We will have a range of 3D printed, electronic, salvage wood pieces and delicious food items from our Safe Food Handling trained boys. These will be available for purchase by all St Pat’s students and staff.

We are anticipating that the Caravan which most of the boys have worked on with Mr Procaccino, will be ready for the Christmas PaddyMart. It is with Loreto College VCAL program at the moment, having the final touches put to the interior fit out, and exterior paint work.

We are so looking forward to the Applied Learning Expedition, early next term. Mr Weadon is leading this initiative, which will include some fun and challenging activities, such as mountain bike riding and- rock climbing, and some vocational visits to artesans in the Hall’s Gap region. More details about the expedition will be forwarded to parents soon.

Remember to SAVE THE DATE – October 18 is the Celebration Evening for Applied Learning, at the OCA Pavilion, starting at 6 pm. This is the key occasion when the school recognizes the extraordinary talents and capabilities of the boys in the Applied Learning Program. We look forward to seeing you there

Please click on this linkto view photos showcasing some of the work of our students.