Park Ridge State High School students fired a rocket at 2:30 on the oval on Wednesday September 16, 2021 as part of their study in space travel.
The event was run in partnership with PFI Aerospace and Rockets in Suitcases, and more than 100 students from the year eight cohort were involved.
Park Ridge State High School deputy principal Craig McBrien said the students had studied a cross-curriculum program across four subjects in English, Science, Math and Humanities.
“In humanities they looked at colonization on mars, science was testing and other project-based work, and in English they wrote a short story around “My trip to Mars,” he said.
“It was just about making it a real-world event to make it significant for the kids,” he said.
Mr McBrien said the rocket was fired, but not launched.
“It did everything but shoot up into the sky,” he said.
About 40-50 parents came in to see the work the students produced through projects and assessments.
“We had an afternoon tea, and then we all went down and saw the firing of the rocket,” he said.
“It was a culmination of a lot of hard work – I’d like to recognise the teachers involved at the school that really drove it,” he said.
Mr McBrien said the school aimed to offer a “versatile education for a versatile world.”
“Our mantra is ‘excellence in all we do,’ because we really encourage our students to dream big and believe big, and if they set their mind to it and set goals they can achieve anything.
“We just try at Park Ridge to offer those opportunities for students to get outside their comfort zone and experience things that they normally wouldn’t encounter, to make them stronger learners.”
The rocket was provided by PFI for students to look at, pull apart, and fire on the oval.
The program was sponsored by owner and managing director of Queensland Gaskets Carl Quarterman, who provided financial support for the school to partner with PFI Aerospace.