Passion. Purpose. Excellence. Growth. These are the overwhelming impressions of the first student projects presented at The Project Showcase in the second last week of 2019. At this evening event, CHAC’s first two classes of the Year 10 elective The Project shared a diverse range of individual projects produced over the semester. Congratulations to all students for their outstanding work.
Students involved in the subject were able to indulge an area of emerging skill, interest or passion, and take it to a new level. Students developed project and time management skills, as well as overcoming challenges and disappointments along the way, resulting in powerful experiential learning and projects of which they – and the College – are justifiably proud.
Projects last semester included:
- Writing (short story anthologies, a play, a novella, an illustrated poetry anthology, a children’s book, a family history, a feature article based on market research)
- Photography (folios, a published photography book, a children’s book, a beginners’ guide to photography, a ‘zine)
- Film (four documentaries and a short narrative film)
- Design (a fashion range, an architecture project)
- IT (two apps)
- Cooking (a cookbook of tested recipes with original food photography)
- Music (a range of studio-recorded original songs)
- Science (a scientific journal article based on research)
Students reflect on their experience of The Project…
Lachlan Fagg published a book of his photography, CHAC Through a Different Lens: "I have learnt so much over this semester, even learning how to create, design and publish a photo book. To look back, it is astonishing the amount of photographic knowledge that I have gained. I am so grateful to have been able to learn and improve this vast passion of mine, and I would love to see my work build into a possible career."
Juliet Munro wrote a crime novella, Corps de Ballet: "I was honoured to be part of the class that experienced this incredible elective for the first time. My project was to write a crime novella, and I’m so glad that I was ambitious in my choice of project, as I learnt so much. The Project not only gives students the time and resources to pursue their passions, but it also teaches invaluable life skills about time-management, understanding oneself and establishing connections with industry professionals. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to partake in this unique subject in 2019, and I am positive that many students will enjoy it for years to come."
Jessica Blaker published a cookbook, Food for Thought: "I’m not going to tell you that making a cookbook was easy. It wasn’t. But participating in The Project class of 2019 was an amazing learning experience for me. Not only did I learn skills in cooking and photography, but I learnt about traits that I didn’t know I had. I found myself working harder on this project than a lot of others because it was based around the one thing I loved doing."
Thomas Poon wrote, directed and produced a short film, Indifferent: "Movies have the power to convey joy and induce laughter, but they equally have the power to portray sadness and provoke tears. And it is that ability to arouse authentic emotion that is the reason I cherish the art of cinema. Filmmaking is a career that I am confident I want to pursue, and The Project was an opportunity not just to begin building a portfolio, but also to gain knowledge of filmmaking, both through practical experience and extensive research on topics such as film theory, effective story-telling and camera techniques. With an improved knowledge of filmmaking theory and newly gained practical experience, I hope to continue developing my skills and following my passion for film."
Naveen Hingorani designed a Study Planner App: "I enjoyed this class because it provided an opportunity to develop my interest in technology in class instead of struggling to find time at home. I also enjoyed the freedom of the subject: it provides students with a chance to truly work independently, which is a refreshing break from usual teacher-driven classwork. This meant that we developed our organisational skills as well because we were in charge. We also learnt how to approach a large project: how to frame it, manage it, and eventually complete it in the timeframe. This is what I really enjoyed about the project: it was a chance to learn independently, so students had the opportunity to work hard and excel far beyond what would be possible normally."
Ben Mollee wrote an anthology of short stories, Monstrous: "I’ve learnt more about the way I write, which I think will be invaluable as I continue writing over the years. While I’m not interested in publication currently, I plan to enter my favourite stories into competitions, and hopefully performing well in one will be the culmination of my work in this subject. And, although my project finished at the end of last year, I don’t plan to stop writing anytime soon."
Matthew Stoward chose an architecture project and learned how to design with CAD software: "This experience taught me persistence, patience and a new level of focus and self-confidence. It also showed me how engaged others become when you believe in what you are doing. I honestly believe that it was not about the end goal, it was about the journey that we all took to get there."
Rebecca Leonard researched and wrote a scientific journal article: "Whether this is as far as I go with this project, or if I continue it into the future, I am proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve talked to people with more courage than I expected. I’ve done science research and drawn conclusions in an area where not much information already exists. I’ve learnt how to write a scientific journal article. The journey, in this case, has been just as important as the destination."