Keen teens thrive through Quakers Hill High School's Prosperitas project

You don’t usually hear of teenagers asking for extra homework, but then it’s not often they get to choose what they study.

Quakers Hill High School’s successful Prosperitas program gives students six months to work on their own project.

For year 9 students Ryan Savige and Connor Theobald, that meant spending up to 12 hours a day in front of a computer working on a 3D rendered map.

The combination of Connor’s artistic vision and Ryan’s computing know-how produced the type of work that could be seen in video games or animated films.

“I want to go to uni and study graphic design because of this program and what I’ve done,” Ryan said. “It’s made me realise how fun it would be.”

Connor said it was rewarding to see the journey through from concept art to the final product, which earned a high distinction.

“The process of it really intrigues me, to see how sketches and thoughts lead to such big projects. It’s really awesome to look back at what you’ve done,” he said.

Year 7 student Olivia Coram devoted hours each day during the school holidays to her Greek mythology project, which included a magazine, brochures, paintings and models.

“I would wake up and I would start doing Prosperitas,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do now that it’s over.”

Olivia said she wants to be a magazine editor or work in art and history.