Design and Hospitality Faculty
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY FIELD TRIP - THE POWER OF ENGINEERING
Referred to as ‘The Power of Engineering’, the focus was on introducing young women to the world of engineering, articulating the need for female engineers in Australia and the many success stories of existing female engineers.
The day began with a welcome presentation and an unexpected visit from a 2002 St Hilda’s Old Girl. Zoe Shelly is not only a working Environmental engineer but also lectures in Engineering at QUT. She was very excited to see the St Hilda’s School uniform and promised a future visit to our school to address senior Engineering Technology students.
The morning activity consisted of an engineering problem based on economics, cultural diversity and water purification. In small groups a simulated water purification system had to be designed and implemented. The afternoon activity was the highlight for most. The St Hilda’s girls were joined by Clair, a working structural engineer specialising in bridge design and construction. Her enthusiasm for this career path was obvious as she listed the places within Australia and overseas where she has worked. A 20-minute bus trip to Indooroopilly delivered us to the Walter Taylor Bridge. The unique aspect of this site is that 4 bridges exist side by side representing different eras of our technical development. The Albert Bridge, Indooroopilly Railway Bridge and the Jack Pesch Bridge gave the girls much to experience, discuss and get excited about. It is not often we can take the time to walk around, underneath and over large bridges with a bridge expert explaining all.
“Create the very best learning environment in the technology classrooms that enables its students to ‘work technologically’ and confidently, using their ingenuity and creativity to solve problems and thus contribute to their development as critical thinkers and lifelong learners.”
The Faculty of Design comprises twp primary learning arenas these being Engineering and Hospitality. All subjects within this faculty are immersed in a pedagogy based on enquiry and investigation. Problems are set and each girl embarks on her own journey of discovery utilizing her particular learning style in order to arrive at the best solution to the set problem. Areas of learning may be as diverse as robotics, computerized milling machines (CNC) and resistant materials, to the development of hospitality events focusing on a specific cultural cuisine.
Brittany set to break new ground in engineering
St Hilda’s School graduate Brittany Croft has been presented with two prestigious awards to further her studies in engineering at the Queensland University of Technology.
“I really want to put my own individual touch on the engineering world and hopefully work overseas, especially in the United States, while still maintaining a balance between work and fun,” said Brittany.
She is one of only 10 recipients of the Women in Engineering Scholarship and also received the Monique Cramer Memorial Award which is presented to one first-year female engineering student each year. Brittany also received the Engineering Technology award at her 2012 graduation.
Brittany, who will study business and engineering at QUT, says her career choice was influenced by the introduction to engineering given by St Hilda’s School Head of Faculty – Design, Mr Brandt Ward.
Perfecting a good coffee, taking last-minute orders and lots of early mornings were just some of the challenges embraced by St Hilda’s seniors to help sick children this year.
The combined efforts of some 30 Years 11 and 12 girls in running the student-led Good Coffee Café every day before the start of school saw profits of $3000 donated to Paradise Kids Gold Coast.
Excited about the prospect of doing it all again in 2013, the Year 11 girls who made up half of the café team said the experience of working in and managing the day-to-day running of the café had been rewarding.
“I loved being part of the team and enjoyed meeting new students as my customers each morning,” said Georgia Feben.
Alexandra Kakoniktis, who became a deft hand on the barista machine, said the opportunity to learn skills was a benefit to those volunteering to work in the café.
The greatest sense of achievement however came from knowing their weekday café service from 7.45am to 8am had helped others who were experiencing grief or loss in their lives.
Paradise Kids was chosen by the Year 12 cohort as the recipient of this year’s profits which were boosted by the sponsorship of coffee beans by local business Amoré Coffee.
Now in its third year, the Good Coffee Café team nominates a charity to benefit from the annual profits. Other groups which have benefited from the students’ dedication include the TSS Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp and 4ASDkids.