On 28th Oct we hosted Sian Fitzpatrick from '"Get into Genes" Dairy Futures CRC and two of her students who demonstrated inserting DNA for electrophoresis to our Year 10 science students as part of their Genetics science unit. Our students were able to take part in various experiments and investigations into genomics and genetics which will be followed up with a field trip to Hibberd's dairy next week
Today we fired up the still and, with lavender flowers gathered from a variety of sources, we produced some lavender oil. It may only be a very small amount but it was a start and we learnt a lot from actually going through the full process. The saying, " a watched pot never boils" was certainly true, but once it got going, the metal work area did have a very strong smell. We produced about a litre and a half of distillate and about 5ml of oil..
As part of the TAP program the Junior Park Rangers got a lesson on fishing and looking after our waterways from Fishcare’s Dave and volunteer Meagan down at the Peterborough estuary. They didn't get a bite, but developed a much greater appreciation of responsible fishing practices and keeping our waterways clean.
As part of the review of the VCE Business Management curriculum, we hosted Richard Van Bergeijk, from Ryans Transport. Richard explained about large scale organisations, their structure, internal environment, operations management, human resource management, ethical business practices, corporate social responsibility, ethical business practices & the management of change.
Once again, we are fortunate to have someone with Richard's expertise reinforce student's learning with regional examples.