Year Prep students are learning to appreciate how things move as part of their "On the Move" studies this term in Science. We invited both Mick Harrison from the Corrangamite Shire to bring in his Caterpillar 12M Grader and Stewart Rundle to explain how his Claas 656 Tractor works. Students were able to describe that parts that moved and were lucky enough to sit in the cabs of both the Grader and Tractor and move the blade and bucket of these BIG machines.
Today, in the year 7/8 Food Tech elective, "Biscuit Barrel", students had a production day where they produced their own dairy inspired recipe for the Cows Create Careers Manufacturing module. They look great guys, good luck in the competition!
We are constantly trying to bring new elements to our SAKG program so we invited Mike Edwards from Special Effects Nursery in Colac to the TAP to explain to our students and teachers about bush tucker. Mike provided examples of plants that we could grow to support existing species in our Koori garden and he outlined the specific ingredients we could produce on the school grounds. He suggested great recipe books for bush tucker in our region and students were able to taste and smell the plants, seeds and spices he provided.
Last year our SAKG students won the Wannon Water "Plant it. Water it. Grow it" competition and one of the prizes was a PD with a horticulturalist from Bunnings. Peter Lyles explained about plant growth, budding and fruit production before demonstrating correct pruning techniques to our students and teachers. He bought his pruning gear and several pairs of gloves for students to use who enthusiastically pruned our school's many fruit trees. You can't beat learning by doing, thanks Mike and Peter.
The Year 7 students explored Sheepvention in Hamilton today to provide context & background for their BAA+RAM+You maths studies. They were impressed with the scale of the industry and the various exhibits, trade displays, shearing competitions, Agri Tech Inventions, Victorian Farm Dog Championships, Fleece Technology Centre & Woolshed Selling Centre. Students' tasks included investigating a chosen aspect of the sheep industry and working out what maths was required in that area of expertise.
The teachers and students of Year 3/4 would like to thank all those involved with the Picasso cow unit of work for their involvement in the TAP and for helping us ‘WIN’ the Regional Picasso Cow competition in Geelong on Thursday with Timboon's Awesome Picasso!
We were able to draw upon what you taught us, to demonstrate our knowledge and further understanding of the Australian Dairy industry to:
So, thanks for your involvement in TAP!
As part of their TAP into Farm Maps project, Phil Keegan from Warrnambool Veterinary spoke to the Year 8 Maths students about Whole Farm Planning. Phil described his own experiences in reworking an existing dairy property to maximize pasture availability and increase stocking rate by realigning fences and tracks based on the soil types and terrain of his farm. The students learnt how Phil needed strategic planning and a sound understanding of the maths involved in this endeavour and he worked with students using the Whole Farm Planning guidelines to re construct a neighboring block into a working farm that better utilities the area available.