The Year 7/8 ”Have your say” politics class welcomed State Member of Parliament, Member for South–West Coast, Roma Britnell into their classroom as part of the TAP to learn how to influence the decision makers in our society. Roma outlined her career path as a nurse, dairyfarmer, participation on regional boards and Member of Parliament and encouraged students to work hard to achieve want they wanted and to stand up to make a difference. Students learnt how laws are made and what individuals can do to ‘have their say’ on regional issues such as local roads, the train service, or roadsides. Roma was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a goodie bag of lavender products created from our TAP lavender farm. Thanks Roma for taking the time to update us on this very important role.
Earlier this year the TAP model was presented to teachers in the Circular Head dairy cluster in NW Tasmania. There are many similarities between Timboon P12 School and Forest Primary School and so students in Mrs Berry’s Year 4 and Mrs Milne’s 5/6 class are currently introducing themselves as dairy penpals. What a great opportunity to learn about one another and share their paddock to plate experiences!
Despite the formal Camembert in the Classroom competition not being conducted in 2017, Mr Mottram has decided to host our own TAP Camembert Appreciation comp based on the cheeses and advertisements produced by our Year 8 science students. Two big cheese making days have produced cheeses that have been brined and turned in preparation for our Cheese Appreciation evening on 29th November- watch this space.
Should a skid steer (Bobcat) and an excavator be a part of a TAP Year 1/2 ‘Push and Pull’ Science class? Of course they should, especially if Tim and Beth Roberts are on hand to challenge students to observe the mechanisms that make these machines work. Students were then able to notice which parts of the skid steer and excavator ‘pushed and pulled’ to allow the machines to work on farms and in our community. Thanks Tim and Beth!
In June, the Timboon P-12 School newsletter contained a request for a home, not a cook pot, for Bob, the Year 5/6 student’s young Barnevelder Rooster. Sharni Van Rijthoven has happily reported that Bob has settled in well on their farm and proudly displayed a photo of the first chicks he sired - great news!
Look who Mrs Moriarty bumped into at the Camperdown Show!
Mrs Moriarty met George the Farmer and his creators Simone Kain and Ben Hood when the trio were sharing their stories, performing songs and signing books at the Show. Mrs Moriarty asked George, Simone and Ben to sign the books that the 2016 Year 3A students purchased with their Eisteddfod price money after they had a memorable skype session with Simone about author’s intent and the creation of George. These great Aussie books are available for borrowing from the Timboon community library. Thumb’s up Mate!
Today the Year 9/10 Marketing/Commerce class hosted Mark Cuthell, the Coordinator of the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre, who described how the region is being promoted to visitors and potential travelers worldwide. Mark explained that approximately 2.1 million tourists visit the 12 Apostles but that 1 million people then travel back through Simpson without venturing further west during their day trips to the region. He described the travel cycle and the way social media plays such an important role in shaping visitor behaviour. Mark challenged students to consider opportunities to develop ventures that can tap into a lucrative visitor economy which based on Port Campbell bed nights alone injects $39.5 million dollars into the regional economy. What a wonderful, opportunistic part of the world we live in!
NB: The above figure is constructed from 1 800 beds/campsites in Port Campbell at average 50% capacity (taking in to consideration lower year round occupancy in campsites) = 900 visitors per night x 365 nights = 328 500 nights x average spend per head for overnight travel in regional Victoria $120
~ 328 500 x $120.00 = $39 420 000.00 .
The Term 4 TAP ideas board in the staff room at Timboon P-12 School challenging staff and students to consider agriculture when planning their curriculum or future.
We congratulate Maddison Hibberd as her entry in the ‘Lunch box muffins Years 7-12’ - 2017 Junior cookery section received a Commendation from the judges at the Royal Melbourne Show. Thanks for encouraging your Food Tech 'Best in Show' elective students to compete Gabby, and well done Maddie!
As part of their studies of Natural Disasters and after the Ash Wednesday bushfire presentation by Kelvin and John, the Year 5/6 students were given a homework task to discuss a fire evacuation strategy for their family with their parents and siblings. These discussions resulted in bushfire plan posters which reinforced the advice to be prepared in the event of a bushfire. Students also produced brilliant pop-up books to showcase their learning on Natural Disasters which will be on display at TAP’s On!