Having graduated recently, Kandos High is celebrating the accomplishments of its students amid COVID.
The students recently completed their major projects in Industrial Technology Metals and Engineering and Textiles and Design.
The resilience of the students has been amazing with many having to spend time out of school hours completing their projects.
With projects now submitted and marked, the students can breathe easy until their HSC Examinations commence.
The high quality projects that students from a small rural school have completed in such a turbulent year is testament to not only their perseverance, but that of their teachers and biggest supporters - their families.
Industrial Arts teacher at Kandos High School, Michael Vaughn said it was a testament to the students that during such a disrupted week that their work all turned out so great.
"They started last year in term four doing project preparation, research and design and those kind of aspects of it. There was no COVID round at that stage. So they progressed with picking their ideas, they made a small prototype each of them," he said.
"They came up with the concept of what they wanted the make and looked at cost and skill and different assembly techniques and things like that. In term one it was tracking along really well, the students got the materials and we started in that construction phase of it all.
"And then about halfway through that term, the COVID situation happened. Our practical rooms were closed for approximately seven weeks, they could do a bit of online learning at home on their portfolios, but they weren't able to actually use the classroom facilities to do their major work."
Once things settled down a bit, the students were able to get into a bit of a 'new normal' routine where they could get back into the practical rooms and work again, albeit with myriad safety procedures.
Michael said the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) gave the students an extra couple of weeks given the 'misadventure' of COVID and the additional stresses this put on the students to complete their works.
"It was it was definitely a time where teachers had to keep the students positive and try to get the best out of them," Michael said.
The Industrial works are now on display at Petrie's Mitre 10 for the public to take in and appreciate.
Petrie's Mitre 10 marketing manager Karen Gatley said displaying works completed as part of students' HSC efforts is something the hardware chain look forward to each year.
"There's some extremely talented kids that put an awful amount of time and effort into these projects. When you see them, they're quite amazing and we just love displaying them," she said.
"We love getting behind it and actually showcase what these students can do. Our customers love it too, we get a lot of good feedback."
The works will be judged by three local tradesmen with the winner being award a $200 Mitre 10 gift voucher, while second place earner, that is decided by people's choice, will receive a $100 voucher, and other entries will be gifted a $25 voucher.