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Oakey students fly high


Oakey State High is an Aerospace Gateway School which provides some unique opportunities for our students - as three of our Year 11 students discovered.

The Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools program was established to support the growth and development of an effective workforce for the aviation industry sector. Currently the program involves eighteen Queensland secondary schools (government and non-government) and provides opportunities for students in those schools to undertake structured workplace learning, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, full-time employment and further study through industry-school partnerships.

More than 30 industry partners support the program including aerospace entities, training institutions and universities. These partners all contribute to creating pathways for students into Queensland’s aerospace industry.

In 2018 thirteen award categories were open for nominations and offered a combined total of $25,000 in scholarships and prizes. The awards were presented to the successful nominees during a ceremony at Parliament House on November 22 where three of our students were finalists in two categories.

Jack Lord won the Year 11 Qantas Quest Award ahead of finalists from Iona College and Indooroopilly State High. His prize includes a tour of Qantas Mascot Campus and aircraft maintenance hangar.

Megan Weber and Julia Faulkner were both finalists in the Australian Youth Aerospace Association Future Leader in Aerospace Award and during the ceremony Megan was announced as the winner of this particular award. The third finalist was from Indooroopilly State High. Megan’s prize included participation in the Australian Youth Forum in 2019.  

Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman presented the awards.

“These annual Aerospace Education Awards acknowledge and celebrate our high achievers and the future leaders in aviation, and I congratulate Oakey State High students Jack Lord and Megan Weber on their awards,” Ms Fentiman said.