BDC Alumni Association Term 2 Week 2

Wednesday, 03 May 2023
BDC Alumnus Ruby Scott (HSC 2022)

On March 4, 2022, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney was abuzz with excitement as the much-anticipated Shape 2022 exhibit opened its doors to showcase the best projects from the High School Certificate Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, and Textiles and Design courses.

One attendee who stole the show was Ruby Scott, a talented student from Bishop Druitt College, whose innovative and impressive Textiles and Design work left critics and visitors in awe. Featuring hand-felted Frog and Toad characters complete with a house, baskets, fishing rod, dragonfly, and hand-knitted jumpers, vests, pants, coat, and quilted picnic rug, Ruby's work displayed her exceptional creativity and attention to detail.

Ruby's mother, Karen, provided a stunning photo of her daughter's masterpiece, which has since been shared widely on social media and praised by art and design enthusiasts worldwide. The intricate details and vibrant colors of Ruby's work perfectly capture the essence of her characters and showcase her remarkable talent as a young, future-oriented design thinker.

As one of the exemplary projects at Shape 2022, Ruby's Textiles and Design work has firmly cemented her place as a rising star in the world of design and technology. Her innovative and imaginative work has not only impressed the judges and visitors at the exhibit, but it has also inspired many young and aspiring designers to pursue their passion and showcase their creativity to the world.

In a world where creativity and innovation are more important than ever, Ruby Scott is a shining example of the power of design and technology to transform our lives and inspire the next generation of designers, thinkers, and innovators. Her work is proof that with passion, dedication, and a little bit of creativity, anything is possible. Congratulations, Ruby, on a job well done!"

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities: A Look Back at the Clubs of Bishop Druitt College

In the early 90s, Mr. Branson, the Principal of Bishop Druitt College, made an unusual request to his staff: take at least two clubs in the afternoons after school. This initiative sparked a wave of extracurricular activities that would enrich the lives of many students over the years.

At first, the new clubs created a problem for out-of-town bus kids who had no way of getting home. However, parents were soon willing to make the trip to pick them up, demonstrating the importance they placed on their children's participation in these activities.

The clubs on offer were diverse and varied, with something to suit every student's interests. In addition to musical instruction, there were clubs for gymnastics, soccer, chess, rugby, jazz ballet, and more. By the end of the year, the list had expanded to include cricket, basketball, sign language, recorder, puppet making, and even jazz ballet.

One of the most interesting clubs was the Rocketry Club, run by the science teacher, Ross Towns. Students learned how to build and launch rockets, giving them a hands-on experience in science. Another unique club was the Radio Club, run by Peter McAdam, who held a ham radio transmitting license. An aerial was strung between buildings to improve reception, and the club continued to operate for many years.

Sailing was another popular club, started by Mr. Edwards in 1996. The club had beginner and advanced sailor groups that sailed on Saturdays in the harbor near the yacht club. Some members even raced at the state level after attending Australian Yachting Federation courses.

Some clubs had a more academic focus. The Descartes Club, da Vinci Club, and Tournament of Minds (TOM) club were all started by Sue Paff, who was interested in extending students' abilities. These clubs gave students opportunities to explore philosophy, creativity, and problem-solving, and they even participated in regional events.

The importance of extracurricular activities cannot be overstated. They offer students opportunities to develop skills, explore interests, and make new friends. They can also improve academic performance and even lead to future career opportunities. The clubs at Bishop Druitt College were a shining example of how extracurricular activities can enrich students' lives.

Photos: Art Club with Margaret Branson
Chess Club with Caroline McCombie, Michael Sosower, Dane Adams & Jessica Thallmaier