This semester, our Year 4/5 Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden students have worked on a weekly roster to make scrumptious lunches that have been sold as preordered meals through our school canteen. The teams of 6 have baked bread rolls, soup and a hot meal which has been appreciated by the whole school community. The culinary delights have included curried sausages, shepherd’s pie, spaghetti bolognaise, chow mein, chilli con carne with more produce expected when our garden’s spring flush hits… Watch the newsletter for order details in semester 2.
Our ‘TAP into Farm Safety’ team is working with Dairy Australia to develop curriculum devised to promote keeping kids and families safe on farms. This resource will soon be available to teachers, parents and students Australia wide. Keeping people safe at work is recognized a major industry initiative and our Farm Safety unit of work has also been endorsed as part of the #Dairylove Facebook community campaign with the hash tags #Dairylove#communitylove#workplacesafety.
Nominations are being called for the 2016 Victorian WorkSafe Awards with our 2015 WorkSafe OHS award winning ‘TAP into Farm Safety’ program being used to generate interest and publicity.
Check out https://www.worksafeawards.com.au/2015-winners/tap-into-farm-safety/
Despite the inclement weather, the hardy Cows Create Careers students ventured to Peter Fulton’s farm to visit their calves, Bella and Lily. Satisfied that the calves were as healthy as their herd mates, Pete then showed students his double up herringbone dairy which proudly displayed many milk quality awards. The CCC students then toured Bruce Cashmore’s Cooriemungle farm where students learnt about the importance of good tracks, appropriate paddock size, sound fencing, plantation layout, suitable shedding and good cow flow through his dairy as part of their investigation into farm layout and natural resource management.
To conclude their science studies of ‘Push and Pull’, the Year 2 students were able to observe some big machines in action! Once again, Lachie McNeil provided a McHale HS2000 Twin Satellite wrapper which his driver, Clint, demonstrated using a Massey Ferguson 7475 tractor. Students could see the push/pull forces exerted when Clint wrapped a silage bale he provided and a bale generously loaned by John Renyard. Tim and Beth Roberts demonstrated how their ‘very new’ New Holland C232 Bobcat used force to move and Tim described the hydraulics and rams that were used to move the bucket. The students were then asked to describe the push/pull components of Tim Robert's Kobelco 13.5t excavator which had a log grab on front that Tim was able to manipulate to move sleepers in an enthralling demo. Thanks again Clint, Beth, Tim and John
As part of their investigation into various careers in the Dairy industry, the Year 7/8 CCC students hosted industry personnel who outlined their career paths. Tristan Reid, (The Vet Group), Will Verco, (Agribusiness banker, CBA), Christopher Vogels, (dairyfarmer ex Timboon P-12 student), Dale Haywood (Territory Sales Manager, Coprice), Madeleine Francis, (Extension Coordinator, WestVic Dairy) and Stephanie Maloney, (Account Manager – Industry, WCB), described their backgrounds, education, why they chose agriculture and the favourite and least favourite aspects of their various jobs. The panellists gave sound advice including the importance of demonstrating a willingness to work hard and learn and that it was alright if students didn’t know what they wanted to do as experience and talking to people often lead to opportunities. Once again, we are very fortunate to have people of this calibre offering our students advice.
Timboon P-12 School were proud to host a community breakfast featuring Monkey, Loggy and The Big Fella from Coast FM live in the school hall. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation of the community that supports our school and enables the TAP to be such a success in this region. These images were also posted on the #Dairylove Facebook site recognizing our school community’s support of our local industry.
Fantastic effort by our Year 7/8 Cows Create Careers class who worked hard on their projects for the CCC competition this term. Our students won the 2016 South West Victoria regional school team and our girls took out the winning photo at the presentations in Cobden last week. Thank you to all the community members who have supported this class throughout the semester, by either coming to school to share your expertise or by hosting excursions at your farm.