It was not compulsory, but Luka Dugandzija wanted to give himself the option of studying architecture at university by sitting the HSC construction (VET) theory exam yesterday.
The Corrimal High School student was one of only two students at the school to sit the exam, which he needed to complete to qualify for an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).
‘‘I’m good at drawing but I’m also good at woodwork, it’s always been an interest of mine,’’ Luka said.
The 18-year-old said the exam was ‘‘pretty easy’’.
‘‘Most of it is just common sense,’’ he said.
Throughout the course, Luka and his 13 classmates worked together on various construction projects around the school.
‘‘We did some bricklaying, we were making a pizza oven, I enjoyed that a lot, I also did a wooden float for concreting and I also made a tool box.’’
Out of all his subjects, woodwork, visual arts and construction topped his list of favourites.
Practical, hands-on work was more interesting than the theory, he said.
‘‘I did work experience a couple of times,’’ he said.
‘‘This year I worked with my dad in Nowra, he’s a builder, and last year I did some painting.’’
Head teacher of TAS (Technological and Applied Studies), Scott Defina, said the exam was fair and balanced.
‘‘It’s the same as any construction exam, lots of WHS [work, health and safety],’’ he said.
Part of the course requires a group project, and at Corrimal High School, students often did jobs around the school, Mr Defina said.
‘‘This year their project was the pizza oven.
‘‘That’s half finished and we’ll keep going with year 11 on that.
‘‘We just got a delivery of bricks today for that, then we’ll get a contract bricklayer in to work on it with the kids.’’
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