Assignment has personal edge to it
IT IS almost a rite of passage for Somerset College students to complete an assignment, known as a personal project, as part of their Year 10 studies.
Nick Mitchell handcrafted a wooden Malibu, while some of his classmates wrote songs, performed renovations and refurbished and reconditioned cars.
One even lost about half of his body weight.
"The personal project is basically something that captures your mind or you are interested in," Nick said.
"Once you decide what that is and you complete the project, you write an essay about the process you followed and what you learned from the whole exercise."
Nick, who is a keen surfer, said he had been thinking about his project since the end of Year 8 and worked on the board from the end of Year 9, until its presentation last week.
"I wanted to make something physical and have a product so I could have a real sense of achievement," he said.
With the encouragement of his father David, Nick spent about two hours each weekend piecing the Malibu together.
"Around the time I was trying to decide what I wanted to do, Dad suggested we go to the Currumbin wooden board show," Nick said. "That helped me decide.
"We ordered a kit on the internet that came with all the materials and the steps on how to bring it together."
The Year 10 student explained that he glued the wood and frame together and carefully shaped it down, before attaching the sides.
"It's glassed and finished but I knew I wouldn't be very good at it, so I got a professional to do that," he quipped.
The fully professionally finished board could soon be christened with its first session on the water.
"I'm planning on taking it for a paddle," he said. "I was worried about damaging it but I'm just really keen to see what it's like."