Masterpieces out of recycled wood

Industrial Technology (IT) Timber is all about learning skills to produce quality products from wood. For those who went to school a while ago, it was known as woodwork.

Gloucester High School year 12 students are required to undertake a major project as part of their Higher School Certificate (HSC), and this year's class has just had their work marked.

The class of four, Jyah Bowden, Jake Moulds, James Connor and Tyson Dixon, under the guidance of teacher Andrew Herps, have been working on their individual project since term four last year with tools down on August 14.

As of Monday, September 2, the projects were released for public viewing. It was important the students' work was kept under lock and key until the HSC markers had time to assess the projects, and on Tuesday, September 3, family, friends and the general public were invited to the school to have a look. There was a diverse range of projects on show, including a snake enclosure, a shoe tidy, a sliding top table and a hallway cabinet.

Mr Herps was impressed with the students' creativity and use of different woodworking techniques across all the projects. He said most of the projects were made using recycled materials.

IT covers a range of engineering and manufacturing subjects, including anything from metal to automotive, as an elective for high school students. If a student is interested in a subject that isn't offered at their school there may be an option to complete the course via distance.

That's exactly what GHS year 12 students Jacob Sopher and Cadel Beard did, taking on a graphics course.