Today a group of Year 5/6 students were fortunate enough to be able to introduce some of their chickens to Timboon and District Healthcare Service Planned Activity Group members and welcomed the opportunity to compare chicken stories with the participants. The students introduced themselves and ‘their girls’, with lots of chook cuddles and afternoon tea shared, but not before Roma demonstrated a special poultry trick to the students!
Principal, Sean Fitzpatrick, was invited to Mount Compass as the keynote speaker to showcase the TAP to delegates at the ATASA (Agricultural Teachers Association of South Australia) biennial conference. The intention of the ATASA conference was to provide a program to support agriculture teachers in delivering a dynamic, innovative and relevant curriculum to their students.
Breeds, gizzards, peristalsis, feathers, camouflage, behaviour and communication are some of the topics that our Year 5/6 students have investigated as they study chickens as part of their core science lessons this term.
To work their way backwards on a plate to paddock journey, the Year 4 students visited the Murray Goulburn Cooperative and Daly’s IGA in Koroit. At the MG site students saw where the tankers are unloaded, the silos where the milk is stored and the technology employed throughout the plant to process and package product. At the supermarket, students were tasked with investigating various dairy products to determine how they were displayed, stored, packaged and marketed. Students recounted their experiences- "I didn't know that a b-double tanker holds 47,000 litres of milk" - Nathan "175,000 litres of milk in 1 silo is a lot" - Molly "It's amazing that it takes 50,000 litres of milk to make 2 litres of cream" - Seamus "We got to go in the cool room and see the butter machine working. It moulds, cuts and wraps 4 packs of butter in 1 second. "It was only 4 degrees in the cool room" - Max "I didn't know that 87% of milk is made up of water" - Jaimee-Lee "The cool was was cooler than I thought" - Mikayla "Murray Goulburn receive up to 1.4 million litres of milk per day" - Jesse
Our popular calves, Brian and Muzz, were featured as part of the TAP display in the annual Year 6-7 transition ‘Timboon on Display’ evening. This was an opportunity to support the senior school teachers and demonstrate how the TAP is integrated right through the senior curriculum. Thanks to Pete and his crew of expert calf wranglers!
The Year 7/8 Commerce elective students have been busy with their lavender goods range. All products feature lavender grown on our Timboon P12 School lavender farm site and the oil is distilled using our own lavender still. Goods can be purchased from the school and include – 10ml bottles of pure lavender oil $20, lavender wheat packs $10, lavender water $5, small lavender scent bags $2 or 3 for $5, medium scent bags $3 or 2 for $5, large lavender scent bags $5 and lavender moisturizer $10.
The TAP was introduced to the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Group as a proven model to help address the gaps in the agrifood education continuum from primary through to tertiary education. The TAP focus on student engagement with a career pathways perspective was demonstrated and EO, Tony Ford described the TAP as, “…..inspiring and fits in what is best practice category for fostering Food and Fibre in our schools.”
Did you know that our Cows Create Career calves have to undergo daily health checks? Thanks to Zoe Vogels (Veterinarian - The Vet Group), who gave us a detailed background on rearing healthy calves, our Cows Create Careers students are able to check Brian and Muzz daily. We check for things such as a healthy nose, the right colour manure, bright eyes and calm breathing. Simone Reynard (Cows Create Careers Industry Advocate) and Peter Fulton (Farmer) helped Jack complete the health check last Friday.
-Anne Frazer (CCC Teacher)
This term the Year 5/6 science class is focusing on chickens! Students will investigate breeds, behavior, wings, feathers, eggs, digestion and other egg-citing features- watch this space!