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Year 11 Engineering Technology

13/06/2014
Keebra Park Student climb the Q1 for their Engineering course

The time was 9am on Tuesday 3rd June 2014 and 11 brave students meet at the base of the Q1 building in Southport where they were about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Whilst we waited there was plenty of nervous banter amongst all the students. We were than all suited up into our safety gear and briefed on safety aspects of the climb, we all than embarked on our journey skywards towards the 77th floor of the Q1 building. Once we had reached the 77th floor we were all attached to the safety rail and we stepped outside the safe enclosure of the observation deck. What an experience to be completely outside the safety of the building and climbing upwards towards the summit. A variety of students were anxious and nervous about the climb – a handful of students released their safety harness further to ‘peer’ over the edge for a up close and personal look on how far that they had travelled skywards. Once reaching the summit 270 metres above sea level this is where we had a great view of the Pacific Ocean (we even kept a watchful eye open to spot the first whales of the season) right back through to the mountains. Standing at the summit this is where students were able to lean backwards out over the building to experiencing a free falling effect without actually letting go, according to Ben Fisk, ‘ hanging from the edge was scary, a great experience and something that I would do again’.

Once we made it down to the safe haven of ground level – this is where we proceeded to the observation deck where we all enjoyed a $20 food and beverage voucher – students indulged in Barramundi, Squid, wedges and sour cream and a variety of soft drinks whilst admiring the engineering marvels of the surrounding building and a fantastic 360 degree view of the Gold Coast.

Fiona Wilkie - Year 11 Engineering Teacher