Ashdale Secondary College – Updates and Photo Gallery

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ASHDALE SECONDARY SCHOOL – Update from Lainey Bradley National Co-ordinator SAAA Build Project

The build part of our program has reached a great milestone with the fuselage finished in the school. The teachers, students and mentors enjoyed having a seat in the plane! Certificates and a plaque have been presented to the school to acknowledge their participation in the project.


On Monday 6th December, the fuselage was on display at the school’s end of year showcase. I invited all mentors who had worked on the fuselage to join us along with sponsors. It was a fantastic evening with a great turnout of mentors. Jake from MLB Paints came along and was enthused and impressed with what we have achieved. We even had a politician join us, Margaret Quirk MLA.


It was great to see the parents interested in the fuselage and taking photos of the plaque with the student’s names on it. This plaque will go into the luggage compartment and stay with the aircraft for its lifetime.

The evening was a great finale to the project. Sixteen months to the day that the kit was delivered the fuselage left the school. The students helped load the aircraft – committed to the end.

The fuselage is now at Jandakot for some final finishes before going to Narromine early next year.

One final note – Ashdale Secondary College has won Five awards in the past two years:

  • WA Governor STEM Award 2020
  • WA Governor STEM Award – Meritorious 2021
  • Secondary School of the year WA 2021
  • The Head of ICT – Deborah Yates has been awarded the Prime Ministers Award of Commendation for her contribution to STEM 2021
  • Best STEM program 2021 in Australia

SAAA’s Build and Fly Program has been, amongst other school projects, a contributing factor to these awards. I am extremely proud of our Program and the awards that it can bring to the schools.


Congratulations to Ashdale Secondary College who have won the Meritorious Leadership Award for its work this year in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education at the Governor’s STEM Awards at a special ceremony at Government House in Western Australia.  We are proud to have them on board building the RV12 fuselage.

Over the Spring break, one of our students came for a visit to Jandakot with his family and learn all about the SAAA.  Ethan has a strong interest in aviation and would like to work with drones.  Ethan had a great time with us and enjoyed sitting in the planes and learning about the different models, courtesy of SAAA Members, John Browne and SAAA President Tony White.  The best was yet to come when the weather cleared and he was able to go for a fly with our SAAA Secretary, John Smith in his Lancair Legacy.

For me the true spirit of the SAAA shone through. Seeing Ethan mesmerized by sitting in the aircraft cemented that he was in his element.   These gentlemen went above and beyond to make it a great day for Ethan and his family (especially Ethan’s dad who got to fly too!).

Have a look at this video package that the school has put together.  Click here


The fuselage is coming along.  Our students are very enthusiastic and arrive to the build ready and raring to go!  Our wonderful mentors and volunteers from Chapter 16 (Serpentine) and 24 (Jandakot) have been putting in some additional time to move things along.  We will be taking the fuselage off site for painting the inside shortly.  Upon return, the students will start working on the avionics.


MAY 2021

The Ashdale students have been working very hard on the fuselage and it is coming along nicely.  Extended build hours have been granted for the rest of term 2.    We have had a helping hand with a few members from Chapter 24 (Jandakot) who teamed up a couple of Saturday’s ago to give a helping hand to the Fuselage build.  They spent the whole day building (and had a great time doing it!).  Here is how far they moved the build forward.  It looks great.  A  big thank you to Peter Austin, John Browne, Richard Ewing, Glen Fuller, Andy George, Bill Keehner, Chris McGough and Malcolm Vivian.

MARCH 2021

We have returned to a new set of students who are all eager to be a part of the plane build.  Our progress was interrupted by a COVID-19 lockdown.   Although they are raw beginners; they are showing great promise in terms of enthusiasm. Worked hours is limited at the moment with extended hours proposed for later in March.


The Ashdale Aviators are continuing to make progress on the fuselage.  We are very close to getting the Centre Bulk head and baggage floor together and the fuselage will start taking shape.  The students have just finished exams and we are finishing the term with some extended build sessions.  We are hoping to do some building in the holidays once everyone has had a well earned rest. Ashdale have been awarded the WA Governor STEM award for 2020 – Congratulations to you all.


Update received from Malcolm Vivian – Regional Project Manager

Since the fuselage kit was received,  the inventory checks commenced with the aid of students.  Work has continued on test pieces during this period with mentor assistance.  Along with the test pieces we have continued with General Information Section.  The students have been broken into four groups and they will stay in these groups for the time being.   Four work packs developed for student groups to start work on, a mentor was assigned to each group. Work has commenced on the Fuselage Centre Section and Mid-Section.


Today (6th August) Ashdale Secondary College received their fuselage. There was great excitement around the school. SAAA National President, Tony White and Treasurer Andy George picked up the kit and delivered it to the school. SAAA Secretary John Smith joined us and it was fantastic to have the Executive Team meet the Principal Kylie Bottcher and her senior team, the teachers and students. It has been a great day. We will now unpack and take the inventory in order that we can get started next week.


JULY 2020

We think the fuselage will fit!

Recently, Malcolm Vivian (Project Manager), mentors John Bullock and Glen Fuller attended the school.  They handed over the tools that had been kindly donated by our members.  It was our first day of preparation in the classroom and it was great to meet the students.