As part of their Science studies of Paddock to Plate the Year 3 / 4 class are learning how dairy products are used. Students were issued the butter challenge and armed with plastic jars, some heavy cream and a marble, students shook, rocked and rolled their way into producing a scoop of butter. They learnt that this emulsion was caused when globules of fay were forced to slam into one another and stick together. A loaf of fresh bread was purchased to really help the students taste their buttery bonanza.
Watch out for goblins, ghosts, witches and zombies...Our Year 7/8 Kitchen Garden class were ready to receive guests as they baked up a storm for a spooky Halloween feast!
We would like to invite you to attend TAP's On 2018! an interactive, peer led demonstration of what we have accomplished this year in the Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP). Since the TAP began in mid-2012, we have had over 360 industry personnel and community members provide either direct curriculum content to students or provide PD for teachers.
On Thursday, November 22nd, TAP's On!, will showcase how Timboon P-12 staff and students are integrating agriculture into the curriculum to support learning outcomes across all areas. Just under five hundred students from Timboon P-12 School and Nullawarre and District Primary School will be rotating through peer-led activities based on the work undertaken in the classroom. From 10.00am to 1.00pm, students will be rotating through a series of workshops, almost like ‘speed dating’ on agriculture! TAP's On! shows how teaching staff integrate agriculture and community engagement into their curriculum through different interactive classroom and off-campus activities.
George the Farmer will be a highlight with a showcase for juniors from 10.00am – 11.00am followed by workshop sessions on entrepreneurism and web development with George and creators, Simone Kain and Ben Hood.
Experts or mentors are invited to assist the presenting students from Years five to ten in their peer-led workshops for our expo. Students will demonstrate what they have learned or will learn in the classroom, covering such diverse topics such as Dog vs drone, Tourism maths, Dairy DNA, Let’s get ready!- disaster resilience, TAP into Fairytales, Plant buddies, Ruminate on that!, Old dinosaurs - New volcanoes, alpaca vs goat vs sheep, Bushfire Maths, What plants need to grow, Cows Create Careers, Collaborative coding, Future food, Get Moooooving, National Ag Day stamp stories, What a buzzzzz, CSI Timboon, and marketing our region through Pop Up markets. The Pop Up markets will feature our local foodies and regional artisans to showcase the magnificent produce from the southwest. Guests are invited to stay for lunch with a TSPA (Timboon School Parents’ Association) supported BBQ.
TAP's On! also features the annual Tough Udder event for senior students, and Ag Adventure challenges for junior students between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Students, ex-students, parents, members of the public, local businesses, industry representatives and educators are invited to join Timboon P-12 staff, students and industry contributors to observe and celebrate some of the remarkable initiatives the TAP has enabled.
We wish to acknowledge the support of the Gall, O’Toole and Lane Foundations for their backing of the TAP in 2017/2018. TAP’s On! 2018 is proudly sponsored by Lochard Energy and Westpac Bank. For further information please contact 0417 470 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our students are the very fortunate recipients of the TOPs (Timboon Opportunity Shop) community fund program which sees the TSPA (Timboon School Parents Association) cut up and distribute fruit and vegetable platters to all the classes courtesy of this TOPs wonderful initiative. Thank you to everyone concerned.
On Friday Di and Clive Larkman and Jane Edmanson from Gardening Australia popped by to see how our lavender farm is going. Di and Clive supplied the initial plants to us and they were keen to see how they were getting on a few years later. Luckily they were impressed, especially by the healthy size of our Riverina Alan.
The Year 7/8 Collaborative Coding class is a Science based community partnership that investigates how to code and work in a team and students also learn how technology is used to support agriculture with drones, droids and robots. The Coding class were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Phil and Symone Vines’ robotic dairy as many students in rural Victoria do not have the chance to see robotic technology in action. Phil and Symone outlined the reasons behind their decision to introduce the Lely Astronaut robots and discussed the benefits and implications of the voluntary milking system and the impact on cow health and milk production for their dairy operation. It was a valuable opportunity for our students to be able to see world class robotic technology operating in a regional dairy business, thanks Phil and Symone.
Karen Foster, from o2media, challenged Year 8 science students with the question, “What is a great advertisement?” during an inspiration session to help them create effective ads as part of their TAP Camembert in the Classroom challenge. Karen encouraged students to tell a story, build a brand, imagine that their cheese had a personality, showcase the benefits of their product before the features, to meet a need, solve a problem or make a dream come true and to create a very clear ‘Call to Action’. Thanks Karen, we are looking forward to the results!
Under the watchful eye of master cheesemaker, Mr Mottram, our Year 8 science students have studied the science of cheesemaking while culturing their own Camembert cheese. Students learnt about the various types of cultures required to make cheese, the time and precision it takes, the types of milk used, the importance of hygiene and the unit gave students the opportunity to be involved in a real-life, hands-on science project. Milk provided by Schulz Organic Dairy was used for two big cheese making days and students have produced cheeses that have been brined and turned in preparation for our Cheese Appreciation evening on 28th November- can't wait!
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) recently hosted the Disaster Resilience Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) forum where the TAP model was showcased as an example of community partnerships and disaster risk reduction. The TAP presentation included examples of the curriculum we have developed around natural disasters, community partnerships, helping build resilience, engendering community spirit and featured a news report by students on the impact of the Fire Plan shared at TAP’s On! 2017. Other disaster related topics included classroom activities from AIDR, Ambulance Victoria, Life Saving Victoria, Torqaid and Stormbirds and were wonderful resources to help keep our students safe.
Inspired the iconic tourist destinations in our region and the tourism potential of the innovative food and fibre agribusiness opportunities around Timboon we have partnered with the Port Campbell Tourist Information Centre to explore Tourism Maths. Mark Cuthell lead a feasibility workshop with Year 5/6 teachers where we outlined potential topics which would use local tourism data, allow for applied learning opportunities and encourage students to consider career and business aspirations locally. Watch this space – it’s going to be exciting!