Yesterday a WorkSafe film crew visited the Year 5 classroom and Fowler's farm to take footage to support our TAP into Farm Safety entry for the Victorian WorkSafe Awards which will be announced late October. We were one of 188 entries in the Awards with the other 2 finalists in the OHS Achievement category being Austin Health (Heidelberg) and Melbourne Convention Centre (South Wharf)... not to shabby for a rural Victorian school!!
Still buzzing about their OHS WorkSafe award nomination, students & staff visited Paul & Michelle Fowler's farm at Curdies River where they investigated how farm safety can be implemented in a dairy business.
Proudly sporting their MG safety vests &, after a safety briefing from Alison Dennis (WorkSafe), students rotated through a series of workstations.
Great TAP initiatives, like this, would not be possible without community & industry support & we are very grateful to anyone who contributed in anyway.
Yesterday, just as Alison Dennis from WorkSafe was asking Year 5 students to identify potential farm hazards on a lego "worse practice" farm, we received news that our TAP into Farm Safety unit was a finalist in the Victorian WorkSafe Awards! We are nominated in the OHS Achievement Award category which acknowledges an organisation that works to achieve significant improvements to OHS in their workplace and the greater Victorian community. Congratulations to everyone involved in this innovative TAP project, especially the Year 5 students, their teachers, Alison Dennis, Chook and Michelle Fowler, Sam Dalziel (MG), Emma Bruce (TVG) and members of the Nullawarre CERT.
1A and 1B visited Sam & Belinda Doolan’s farm to learn more about ‘Up, down and all around’ - changes that happen on the farm with seasons and over time. Belinda showed us the new dairy, calf shed, automatic calf feeder, the 6 month old calves, hay shed and calving pad. Sam took us on a bus trip to show us the Spring grass locked up for silage, the underpass, pivot irrigator, old and new plantations, his milkers and the old dairy. Sam explained about the 2 herds on his farm - the Annabelle Autumn herd who were still milking now and the Susie Spring cows who were starting to calve.
Thanks to Camille and MG for the lunchtime milk to make us all grow strong!
To conclude their studies of Camembert and cheese making the Year 8 Science students invited Julian Benson, from Apostle Whey Cheese, to Timboon P-12 to describe his career path and the reasons behind their decision to become cheesemakers and create a niche business. Students were able to sample Julian's award winning Camembert cheese which is sought after Australia wide and attracts tourists who traverse the Great Ocean Road on their holidays. We are very fortunate to have Julian's expertise and support for the TAP in this region.
Something ‘fishy’ happening in Junior Rangers today. Students listened to Dave Cleeland from Fishcare about local species of fish, catching and releasing, caring for our waterways and of course knot tying! We look forward to dropping in a line next week on the Curdies.
Once again Timboon P-12 and the TAP have been nominated for the Victorian Education Excellence Awards and have been shortlisted as one of the three finalists in the Outstanding School Achievement category. Today Les O'Rourke captured images and footage of several components of the TAP to prepare a video package to be screened at the Awards ceremony in October including the Year 6 chickens, Year 8 Camembert, Year 5 ducks and our lavender farm. Fingers crossed.
The year 7/8 "Biscuit Barrel", students attended the Cows Create Careers Manufacturing Module presentation day in Warrnambool where they competed against Year 9 students from regional schools. . Their investigative milk cartons were on display as they created recipes and answered quizzes to demonstrate their learning about the manufacturing component of the Australian Dairy industry. Thanks Deanne and John for a fun day.
Congratulations to our Year 8 Science 'Camembert in the Classroom' students. Jesse and James were awarded first prize for their Camembert cheese by the Deputy Chief Judge of the. Australian Grand Dairy Awards, Russell Smith, at the regional presentation day in Hamilton. A fantastic effort by all the year 8's, Mr. Mottram and Ms. Maxwell