WINGHAM High Industrial Tech students are preparing to submit their major works for assessment.
It has been a long and arduous journey for the Year 12 students who have exhausted themselves with the effort to get this far.
They must now prepare to wait it out for the results following the arrival in coming weeks of external ‘markers’ from the board of studies.
One ex-student can relate only too well.
“I know just how they feel,” said 2012 Wingham High graduate Matthew Brown.
A year on from the stress of his own deadline, Matt is
still riding the wave of success that followed the completion of his project.
Matt made a rather impressive grandfather clock for his HSC major work last year which at the time impressed teachers and HSC markers alike.
“It was exceptional beyond the call,” said Wingham High teacher Scott Brown.
Proudly displayed at this year’s Timber and Working with Wood Show in Sydney, Matt’s clock continues to inspire.
“It was such an honour,” said Matt of the opportunity to have his work at Australia’s premier woodworking event last month.
It had proven a logistical nightmare to get the large clock from Wingham to Sydney.
“Our only option in the end was to put it in the back of dad’s ute,” said Matt of the project that he had put his “blood, sweat and tears” into.
“I wrapped it in five blankets and hoped for the best,” he said.
Of course there was rain but luckily the clock arrived intact and became a much talked about exhibit.
The clock was part of the InTech display of outstanding major projects from HSC Industrial Technology students.
Matt was chosen from an initial pool of 5300 Board of Studies candidates who were narrowed down to just 50.
“These are the best of the best,” InTech coordinator David MacPherson said. “We truly appreciate the effort that regional families go to,” added Dave who was impressed that Matt’s family had taken the time to get him to the show.
With an estimated 2500 students from years 9, 10, 11 and 12 coming through the display across the three day event, Matt enjoyed the opportunity to be a mentor to the Sydney kids.
He was able to show off not only his design and craftsmanship skills but his well documented design portfolio.
“I like to be taken on a journey,” said Dave of what helps a design project stand out.
Matt’s journey was particularly interesting and his clock was “a little different,” from other such projects according to Dave.
With meticulous attention to detail, and painstaking effort, Matt not only made the housing of the clock himself but the workings too.
The cogs, hands, pendulum – all were carefully made from timber.
Matt is currently studying civil engineering by correspondence with the University of Southern Queensland.
He said he will never sell his grandfather clock.