To celebrate the TAP Year 8 Science Camembert in the Classroom unit a cheese appreciation night was held which showcased the learnings undertaken by students this term. Mr Mottram outlined the unit which included an OHS Food Safety - Food Hygiene test, the history of cheesemaking and camembert, a dairy industry milk carton project, making camembert cheese, the health benefits of dairy products, cheese making procedural posters, milk experiments, yoghurt production, producing an advertisement to promote dairy and will conclude with ice cream making in the last week of term. Students and parents then viewed the ads produced by students while their cheese were judged by Mr Mottram and Bruce Vallance. Judges, Carolyn Woods and Robyn Vale, had a difficult time determining the winner of the advertisement challenge as there were many ads which delivered clear and concise messages about dairy as per the instructions of advertising executive Karen Foster. Thank you to the parents and students who participated in the event, our judges and Mr Mottram, Mrs Maxwell and Ms Allan for this great opportunity.
In preparation for the Year 8 Science Cheese Appreciation night students were treated to Cheesemaking 101 introduced by WCB cheese grader Steve Billington. He provided cheeses for the students to sample and taught them how to articulate the differences between Colby, Extra Tasty and Vintage cheeses and how to use all of their senses to identify different types of cheese by their various attributes. Steve explained the differences in the way that camembert and cheddar are produced and highlighted the differences in the scale and type of production.
The TAP lavender was introduced at the annual Timboon Artisans Market by Commerce teacher, Carolyne Wakefield, who outlined the place of Timboon P12 School’s lavender farm in the school curriculum and showcased student goods such as heat packs, lavender bags, distilled oil, body cream and lavender sprays. The lavender was proudly on display and for sale alongside other local products and producers such as Kangaroobie Beef, Great Ocean Ducks, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Schulz Organic Milk, Apostle Whey Cheese and the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.
Today the Year 7/8 Coding class hosted Year 11 student Sean Lenehan who outlined the requirements and restrictions involved in flying drones in our region. Sean stressed the importance of setting the drone up properly and discussed how it can be used in agriculture to check stock, irrigation, troughs etc and for photography or videos including landscapes as evidenced in his Sean Lenehan Photography business. Enjoy the birds eye view of our new school building courtesy of Sean's drone.
After the conclusion of TAP’s On! 2017 several activities were later continued in the classrooms to conclude the day’s proceedings. The Year 3 class were fortunate enough to host Roberto D’Andrea from The Connies who challenged and extended their knowledge of all things “Feathers, Fur and Leaves”. In the Art room students completed their Art/Science/Technology/Design milk carton puppets from the “Animal Show” workshop while students in Years P-2 recounted their thoughts on the day’s activities.
So…Producing food on Mars, determining how many people it takes to create a hamburger, tutelage by award winning journalist Simone Smith, exploring probability via chooks, learning about the potential of businesses in this area with the Pop up Market feature and Mark Cuthall from Port Campbell Tourism.
What else? The Connies imparted knowledge about biodiversity, plant prints were created, lizards, turtles and a snake were classified, a trip in the Tardis taught us about the evolution of our volcanic region, a destination in dairy was established, robotic coding was demonstrated and students were introduced to Farm Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with THINK.DIGITAL among a host of other activities. The Pop Up markets featured local foodies as way of showcasing the magnificent produce and businesses in our region including Timboon Peanut Butter, Go Nuts on the Great Ocean Road, the Corangamite Shire Fire Safety game, Heytesbutry and District Landcare, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Kangaroobie Beef, Great Ocean Ducks, Timboon Berry World and our Lavender on TAP.
Almost five hundred students from Timboon P-12 School and Simpson Primary School participated in the series of peer lead workshops and displays held at Timboon in a celebration of our exciting agriculture based curriculum.
Once again, we are very grateful to the Gall Family Foundation for their support of TAP's On! 2017.
Thank you to everyone who participated today in the celebration of our TAP curriculum. We are very proud of our students who are supported by our generous and vibrant community. You teachers are LEGENDAIRY as recognised by the Minister of Agriculture and the Regional Director of Education. Watch this space for more pics!!
The Year 10 students were once again privileged to see the use of world class genetics in action when they visited Garry and Lee Hibberd’s 'Cooriemungle Holsteins' dairy farm. Garry explained that breeding was very important to their business and that their enterprise uses embryo flushing and embryo transfers from high genetic merit international dams to maximize genetic gain in their herd. Peter Younis from The Vet Group explained the procedure and students were able to see how an ultrasound is used to guide the placement of the catheter to place the embryos into recipient cows. Lee outlined the use of calf hutches to maximize the health of the resulting calves and the use of the cow barn for their high genetic merit cows to ensure that they had the best possible conditions for their 3 times a day milking.
Continuing their TAP investigations of how to ”Have your say”, the Year 7/8 politics class welcomed Corangamite Councillor, Simon Illingworth, to learn how to influence the decision makers in our society. The group discussed local issues such as the state of the roads, the impact of tourism in this area, local planning issues and the need to improve sporting and club facilities in our region. Simon described his role on Council and the concept of ethical decision making by explaining that stakeholders and decisions had to be considered and then put to a three part test comprising considering the greater good, ‘do unto others’ and the sunlight test.
The Year 7/8 Collaborative 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 world class 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.