The biggest winners in a little school project

Preppies are well and truly winning after the latest building project was completed by senior Industrial Technology students at Brisbane Adventist College. 

Not only because they now have a brand new cubby house to play in, but they also have some great new friends to play with.

Earlier this week, BAC’s senior Industrial Technology students delivered their biggest, and arguably their best, project to date. The official handover of the cubby house on Monday was celebrated with speeches, cupcakes, and an unveiling of the official name: The Cubby (well, it works!).

Dreaming big 

Secondary Design teacher Luke Martin planned the project so that it would give his Industrial Tech students a memorable real-world experience, while still fulfilling the requirements of the senior curriculum. It involved a consultation with the Preppies, who were invited to dream big and draw up some plans illustrating their idea of the ultimate cubby house. Ideas were taken from the Preppies drawings and used to develop the final design and landscaping layout.

“Their plans may have included one or two features that were a little beyond the scope and budget of our project—like a water park, swimming pools and a rocket ship!” says Mr Martin, “But the Technology students were very keen to be a bit creative with how they filled the design brief I set, with a little help from the tiniest clients we’ve ever had in the history of the subject.

“It wasn’t just making mock joints and cutting wood for the sake of it. Building the cubby house allowed students to see how a wall they built (a requirement of the elective) might be part of a real commercial project. This included how to properly prepare a site, build a decking frame, and lay decking boards correctly. The students even fabricated the external timber cladding from scratch, installed roofing iron and guttering. The cubby project gave them the chance to experience the minutia of a building project without skipping details or leaving anything out.”

More than a cubby

The first phase of the project was completed in the workshop, with Prep classes making the occasional incursion onto the Secondary campus to view the progress of the build. Local businesses donated or subsidised a large portion of building materials, including the decking frame, eco-decking boards, a complete set of PPE for all the students and assorted fixings from Bunnings Mt Gravatt; footings for a modular decking system from TuffBlock; 12 cubic meters of timber cladding from Injun Cypress; a full pack of framing materials from Hyne Timber; and a tank from Kingspan Water Tanks.

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As the project steadily took shape, so did the excitement. By the time it was finally ready to be flat packed and moved onsite for the assembly phase, something else was happening. Friendships between the youngest and oldest college students had flourished. This resulted in a great deal of anticipation and excitement for both groups when it came to building days, when they got to see each other once again. 

Building relationships and  character

“As well as giving us this excellent playground resource, we’ve also been very impressed to see empathy and kindness develop between our oldest and youngest students,” says deputy principal of Primary, Damon Quick. 

“We’ve even seen students from the Industrial Technology class playing handball and hide and seek with the Primary kids outside of classes. The sense of pride the senior students feel about this project runs so much deeper than just leaving their mark on a school they love. They have truly invested themselves in a project of the hands and the heart and back and we thank them for their effort and professionalism, which has brought so much happiness and excitement to our school.”