Our annual school journal, the Baringa, recorded the 2018 school year and once again, TAP events across various subject levels, Years Prep-12, were celebrated including the following-
To conclude their TAP into Farm Science ‘Paddock to Plate’ journey, our Year 3/4 students visited Bega and Daly’s IGA Supermarket in Koroit. There students saw the milk being pumped from milk tankers and learnt about the various processes it undergoes before ending up as various products on supermarket shelves such as milk, cheese, ice cream, yoghurt, cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk and milk powder. Wow, what a journey - Paddock to our Plates!
Last night our Year 8 students celebrated the Camembert cheese that they produced and advertised in Science this semester, but this morning, they were introduced to the large scale cheese making processes of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Saputo Australia by Steve Billington. It was interesting to note, that despite the volume differences and mechanisation, that many of the techniques were similar to those undertaken by our students to produce their own cheese
Our annual Camembert in the Classroom Cheese Appreciation night showcased the learnings undertaken by Year 8 Science students this semester. Students and parents viewed the advertisements produced by students while their cheese was judged by Mr Mottram and Julian Benson from Apostle Whey Cheese. Judges, Robyn Vale and Brooke Barnewall from Corangamite Shire, 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. Julian Benson commended the students on the quality of their cheese and stated that some of these cheeses could win in formal cheese industry competitions. Showbags from Dairy Australia are to be awarded to the winners. Thank you to the parents and students who participated in the event, with over 90 people in attendance, our judges and Mr Mottram, Mrs Maxwell and Ms Allan for this great opportunity.
In the days following TAP’s On! students recounted their favourite part of the day with various literacy and recount activities. What a great way to celebrate and showcase our extensive TAP curriculum, thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and support.
TAP's On! was a wonderful celebration of the TAP curriculum and our very supportive community and industry partners who also posted about their involvement in our curriculum expo on social media. Thanks to Heytesbury and District Landcare Network, The Vet Group, WestVic Dairy, Timboon parkrun, VIC SES Port Campbell unit and George the Farmer...What brilliant partners we have, we love working with you too!
Let’s see… there were dogs challenging drones, fairytale miniature goats, CSI Timboon, tourism maths based on parkrun, cow rumination, genes with teens, edible insects, cowmunity connections, Bee-Bots and plant buddies. As well as coding cows, dinosaurs and volcanoes, planting shrubs in origami pots, water bugs and water health, honey tasting, comparing fleece and fibre, bushfire maths, and preparing for natural disasters…and who could forget George! The Pop Up Markets featured Timboon Peanut Buttter, Great Ocean Ducks, Kangaroobie Meats, Heytesbury and District Landcare Group with bushfire recovery, Corangamite Shire’s ‘Who are your connections’ game and TAP Lavender. George the Farmer, Simone Kain and Ben Hood entertained students in Years Prep - 4 with story telling and a concert then Ben and Simone outlined their career paths to older students and spoke about web design and seizing entrepreneurial opportunities. During the lunchbreak students in Years Prep-2 welcomed Simone and George into their classrooms where they shared some of their narratives based on George’s stories. Almost 500 students from Timboon P-12 School and Nullawarre Primary School rotated through mostly peer led activities based on our exciting TAP curriculum. Thank you to our engaged students, creative teachers, entertaining presenters, TAP's On! backers Lochard Energy and Westpac Bank, our 2017/2018 supporters the Gall, O'Toole and Lane Foundations and everyone who participated in our annual curriculum expo. It was a great day mate!
At the TAP we are very proud to announce that STEM Coordinator, Anne Frazer, is one of three Victorian teachers selected for the ‘Women In Agri-tech’ project which is to create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. During the ‘Women in Agri-tech’ symposium in Brisbane in February 2019 teachers will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources which will in turn inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them. The chance to work alongside like-minded women from across Australia means that Anne will have the opportunity to explore STEM and Agriculture and to encourage our young women of the future into Agri-tech careers. Congratulations Anne and what a coup for Timboon P12 School!
Leaving their classrooms, Year 3/4 TAP into Farm Science students travelled to see where a Paddock to Plate journey could begin. Students visited the beef and prime lamb property of Richard and Marilyn Gristede where they learnt about farm maps (Marilyn Gristede), healthy pastures (Jo Groves - Whitehouse Fertilizers), beef farming (Nick Maddison - Landmark and Richard Gristede) and sheep and wool (Steve McKenzie). At Ash and Michelle Gristede's dairy farm students investigated animal health (Monica Ryan - The Vet Group), water recycling (Ash Gristede), the dairy plant (David Case - Dasco) and effluent recycling (Michelle Gristede and Andrea Vallance). Students were challenged with questions posed by the guest presenters at the conclusion of their workshop sessions and enjoyed Creamy Classics Belgian Chocolate Milk courtesy of David from Bulla. Thank you to everyone involved, what a wonderful hands-on way to learn about the science around us!.
After having skyped with author, Simone Kain, and reading all of the George the Farmer books, the Year 1/2 students brainstormed different farming styles, especially in our local area. Our budding authors then chose a farming type and jotted down ideas under the subtitles – setting, characters, problem and solution. Computer research produced topic words of importance for students to include in their story and they started working on opening sentences with paragraph building based on descriptions of setting and characters for a first draft. Subsequent paragraphs were included that established the problem based on the topic words related to their individual farms. The authors then produced a draft copy which was edited before students could choose to produce a pop up, zig-zag or spiral bound book which included illustrations and a cover citing the author and illustrator. George and Simone, we think you have inspired another crop of inventive authors!