Passion Projects

2019 09 25 year6 passion project 07What is your passion? What do you want to do with your life? What inspires you and drives you onwards? These were some of the questions posed to Year Six at the end of Term Two.

The start of Term Three in Year Six, marks the halfway point in a student’s formal school life. A long six and a half years have passed and still there are another six and a half years to go. What incredible growth and learning has occurred, and even though so much has been achieved, there is so much yet to do and discover.

So, Year Six were challenged with a term long assignment – to find something they were passionate about and to pursue it to the fullest extent they could. At the end of Term Three, there was a display of their learning for other students and an evening display for parents.

The key concepts taught were that the ‘Process was Just as Important as the Product’ and that ‘Difficulties are obstacles in our way, and the real learning is in how we respond to and overcome these difficulties’. Students also recognized that they needed to work consistently to get their work completed with a maximum of efficiency and a minimum of stress. These are valuable concepts for life-long learning.

The students showed enormous enthusiasm and commitment to the task and produced some amazing products. However, the final product is only the tip of the iceberg. Students know what lies beneath. It is the hours of trying, failing, getting up and trying some other way and having the ‘Yes’ moment of succeeding and overcoming, that results in the pleasure of the final product.

These are some comments from the students.


I did some paintings of endangered animals and some threats towards them. I really enjoyed the process although some things did not work out the best. It was a fun learning experience.
Angela Xu

For my passion project I did a tin can choir. At first, everything was going to plan but after I had started sticking the cans into the box, everything started going wrong. Everything started falling apart. But I believed in myself and got through this and started fixing everything.
Madison Bloom

For my passion project I learnt how to weld. To weld you need a welder, which you have two choices mig or ark. I chose mig as it is easier to learn. I first started practicing on a piece of old scrap metal. I then started making a small dog out of large hex nuts, ball bearings, a screw and some bolts. Next, I ordered 100 hex nuts. I welded each of the hex nuts into rows of six and welded the rows into sides and sides in a pencil holder. That’s what I did for my passion project.
Lachlan Forsyth

I made a ladder, which I named “Jacob’s Ladder” because of a memory verse. The most frustrating thing was to mark where to cut. The best part was definitely seeing the finished product. I was excited and very nervous on how my ladder will turn out. Writing the memory verse on the ladder was hard as well. I ended up using stickers because my first two ideas failed.
Enoch Chong

For my passion project I drew animals because I love anything that involves animals. It turned rather well and I did a good job. I spent more than just two terms on this, though I never imagined my old drawings were useful. Even though I spent so much time on it, I still feel uncertain that it was of a high enough standard. I struggled a lot when drawing. At one point I wanted to give up.
Elim Chang

For my PASSION PROJECT, I wanted to make and design a dress. It was really hard to chose a pattern for the dress and the fabrics. It was also confusing to know what part to sew on. It was easy to make the purse, which took about five minutes. Before this project I did not know how to sew anything, but now I know how to make a dress. This project has changed my life and I will continue to make dresses and clothes.
Kerstin Grima


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