Bridge Building Podcast Episode 10: Picking Up A Bus Load Of Grade 5 Students For 2 Hours Of Design


Today I am speaking with Rachel Warnes, the head of department ITD at St Columban’s College in Caboolture.  Now, one day a week Rachel heads out to the local primary school where she picks up a bus load of grade five students and brings them back for 2 hours of design.  While these kids are learning to solve the world’s problems, their teachers are getting an invaluable in-service that they take back to their own classrooms.

Thanks to Rachel for the chat.


Contact: Rachel Warnes
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About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

To keep this podcast going, I need your help.

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.