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!
As part of the TAP and the Science Coding elective, Year 7/8 students hosted Timboon P12 student, Sean Lenehan, and Dr Blake Allan, the Chief Remote Pilot for Deakin University who discussed their respective uses for drones and technology. Sean outlined the requirements and restrictions involved in flying drones in our region and discussed how they 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. Blake described his career path and interest in environmental science and how he was able to partner this with drone technology. He described the role of drones in 3D volumetrics, time-series analysis based on high-accuracy UAV data, and multispec and thermal imaging in vegetation analysis, agriculture and wildlife monitoring. Blake then allowed students to pilot mini indoor Tello drones which proved to be very popular.
As part of the Year 8 Science 'Camembert in the Classroom' unit, Julian Benson from Apostle Whey Cheese described his career path and the creation of his niche cheesemaking business that combined his interest in dairying and tourism. Julian explained how the various cheeses were developed and the rationale behind the introduction of Apostle Way Full Cream Milk and Italian Style Gelato to their product range. He stressed the importance of pride of place in his dairy products and mentioned that the Apostle Whey Cheese logo was designed by an ex Timboon P-12 student emphasising that the business was located on the 'way/whey' to the 12 Apostles - clever marketing! Students then sampled 'Loch Ard Gorgeous' Camembert and Julian challenged students to find what loved and to take advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.
Our Year 5/6 students hosted Mark Cuthell from Port Campbell Tourist Information Centre and Donna Ellis from parkrun who introduced the new Year 5/6 unit, Tourism Maths. Mark described how tourism and agribusiness in our region involves big numbers but that we were going to start our TAP maths investigation looking at smaller numbers based on Timboon parkrun and the impact that it has on our local economy. Donna explained that parkrun is a free 5km walk, run or jog event and updated students with the following stats from Timboon parkrun-
Number of events:76
Number of runners: 639
Number of runs: 3,509
Average number of runners per week:46.2
Total hours run: 0Years 100Days 15Hrs 34Min 52Secs
An interesting fact: To date we have had 437 registered participants and have 144 individual volunteers!
Donna challenged students to be involved in Timboon parkrun’s Junior Day on 17th November from 7.50am where participants needing to register on the Timboon parkrun sitehttps://www.parkrun.com.au/timboon/
Let’s set a world record for the biggest number of juniors registered for a local event and watch this space to see how our Tourism maths unit evolves!
Under the TAP banner, and as part of the Year 9/10 Commerce elective, students visited Andy Martyn from Triple A Cycles to learn about a very different sort of agribusiness. Andy outlined his career path which stemmed from his Year 10 work experience placement on small engines to work on Harley Davidsons and 4 wheel motorbikes in Timboon. As well as describing the path to setting up his own business in Timboon, Andy advised students to offer to watch and help others engage in things they were interested in, to ask for advice, pay attention to detail and to work in a field that they loved.
Inspired after their Skype session with author Simone Kain, the Year 1/2 students investigated the bee and honey facts they discovered in George the Farmer’s book, ‘Beehive Breakout’. After this fact finding mission the students were challenged to collate the facts and then write their own narrative based on a detail that interested them. As well as writing narratives, our clever 1/2 teachers devised maths exercises based on honeycombs.... What a buzz!