The Farm Safety Adventure Portal that previous Year 5/6 students have helped develop with digital design and innovation company, Portable, and Dairy Australia has been launched at the 2018 PIEFA (Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia) conference in Canberra. Deanne and John from Jaydee Events and Bill Youl from Dairy Australia encouraged teacher delegates to became kids again building a jigsaw puzzle from the farm dangers cartoon and then they worked through the hazards depicted on the cartoon. The two winning teams had a go playing the game with the aliens, the Burples, which were named by the Timboon students. Deanne gave a good plug to the TAP and Timboon P12 School as the instigating force behind the program. The Adventure Portal is on trial in 24 schools across Australia … not to shabby for a regional school concerned about keeping our students safe! ,
After recently watching how Harry's sheep were shorn by shearer, Steve McKenzie, the Year 3 / 4 students produced procedural writing pieces after asking lots of questions to fully understand the process. Students were then instructed to write a procedure and then include three facts- well done Year 3 / 4, you must have listened and observed very well.
As a hands on introduction to procedural writing, Mrs McMeel's and Ms Barr's Year 3/4 classes observed as local shearer, Steve McKenzie, shore Harry's sheep at the ag precinct. Students watched the shearing procedure and asked lots of interesting questions about why and how sheep are shorn. They learnt that asking and answering questions is a wonderful way to fully understand the tasks required to complete the goal of safely shearing the sheep whilst maximizing fleece quality. Back in the classroom the classes then wrote a procedure for shearing sheep and three woolly facts. Great learning opportunity Harry, thanks!
As part of the Game of Drones competition our Year 7 students had to record the plant growth in their 6 trial plots over several weeks. The growth rate of each plot of oats was influenced by different types of fertilizer applied at sowing. Which plot do you think will perform best- the control, DAP, Super Potash, Urea or Super plot with all fertilizers combined? The results should prove interesting…
Today the Year 7/8 politics elective, 'Who's in Charge' applied the theory of becoming involved in government decision making. Students completed the community survey being conducted by Timboon District Healthcare to help them plan for the future. Students discussed some of the issues facing rural communities now and in the future and how they can influence the maintenance and expansion of the services on offer
This term it gets real for our Year 7/8 Cows Create Careers elective students as we welcome Maggie and Bambi to Timboon P-12 School for 3 weeks. The calves, generously loaned by ex student Peter Fulton, are the focus of the elective and the main component of the Dairy Australia Cows Create Careers competition. Simone Renyard and Peter Fulton outlined their respective career paths and explained the competition guidelines to students who enthusiastically welcomed their four legged visitors.
The Year 9 science students recently presented their posters identifying what factors affect bee population and size in an ecosystem. Topics included the impact of- 'Fewer natural areas of farm / bushland where bees can live', 'Insufficient flowers in some farms / bushland / cities', 'Humans' use of pesticide on plants / weeds / grasses', 'Extreme weather and seasonal changes'
The response of the local community to the St Patrick’s day fires which struck our district on 17th March has been amazing as has been the input from the BlazeAid volunteers. To acknowledge this support, the Corangamite Trade Training Hospitality class recently baked and delivered Anzac Biscuits to BlazeAid volunteers in Cobden.
On Wednesday our Year 7/8 Purple Power class was able to distil some lemon scented gum leaves. While we normally focus on lavender products the opportunity to distil a different plant was too good to pass up. Thanks to Brooke Miller whose tree fell over to provide the leaves. We had to strip the leaves from the branch first to obtain as much oil as possible and allowed each distillation to run for about 25 minutes. In two weeks time we will do the other half and examine how much different the outcome is once the leaves have dried a little more.
As part of their Term 2 science studies our Year 5/6 students are incubating eggs generously donated by members of the Warrnambool & District Poultry Club. Timboon P-12 School, through the TAP, are members of the Poultry Club and we are very appreciative of their ongoing support. Which eggs will hatch...Araucana, Standard Light Sussex, Isa Brown, Rhode Island Red, Wheaten Marans, Salmon Faverolle, Barnevelder or Silkie...watch this space!