Now that they have a pretty good understanding about parts of a plant and how things grow, we decided to take our Preps out to see how this works outside the school grounds. The Preps walked to the Heytesbury & District Landcare Network’s nursery where Geoff Rollinson and Kate showed them different types of plants including trees, shrubs and grasses. Students were able to tell Geoff about the role of trees including providing shade, shelter, habitat, storing carbon and producing oxygen. Preps used their muscles to move and store trays on site and planted Messmate Eucalyptus seeds in tube trays which we can’t wait to see grow out. At Timboon Berry World, Carissa and Heather talked to students about their strawberry plants and the students learnt that the strawberries grow from the flower buds and that the green caps are called calyx. Heather stressed the important role that bees play in pollinating plants and that it was really important to keep the soil healthy to grow healthy plants. The lucky Preps were then able to pick the red ripe strawberries which were enjoyed back at school. Thanks Geoff, Kate, Carissa and Heather for bringing our learning to life and to David Pope for donating the bus ride back to school for the excited, but weary Prep students.
As part of their Mini Beasts unit the Year 1/2 students are also looking at sustainability so ‘Wrapped with Love” owner Dianne Membery introduced the students to beeswax wraps which can be used in the place of cling wrap or paper. Students learnt that Dianne mixes the wax with jojoba oil and pine resin to help make it flexible and sticky to adhere to the cotton material and food it protects. Dianne demonstrated that the students had to use their ‘super hero muscles’ to grate the wax blocks over cotton material before it was melted in an oven. The students then brushed the wax out evenly over the cotton and proudly took their beeswax wraps home. We were even more ‘wrapt’ to see many beeswax wraps return to school the next day safely holding school lunches. What a buzz!
The Year 9/10 ‘Interconnected world’ Geography students, who have studied recreational, historical, wilderness and ecotourism, welcomed into their classroom the inspiring Mark Cuthell, Coordinator of the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre. Mark questioned students about what they expected from their own holidays whilst thinking about the concept of people, planet and profit. Students learnt about the opportunities and challenges that 2.2 million visitors bring to our region and the pros and cons of tourist buses vs FITs (Free Independent Travellers) with jousting selfie sticks often at 2.00pm. Visitors to the southwest can aspire for years to visit our region as it is far removed from their urban or rural reality with the potential to entice some visitors to stay longer to provide income in our region whilst minimizing environmental impact a priority. Students learnt that the role of the Visitor Information Centre had changed as less people came through the doors but more people sought information via their website and social media posts. Tourists were welcomed to investigate Dark Skies Tourism to photograph stars in our clear skies, cycling trails, the Great Ocean Walk, rail trails, pre wedding shoot tourism, spa and wellness tourism, agritourism, the 12 Apostles Food Trail and ‘Cool tourism’ for tourists from humid or hot climates during winter. Mark explained that Google states that the consumer never switches off from planning their travel experiences as demonstrated by the cycle, “I DREAM - I DECIDE - I PLAN & RESEARCH - I BOOK – I TRAVEL – I BRAG & REFLECT – I DREAM…” He left students with the 2030 challenge for Port Campbell, Timboon and the 12 Apostles to become ”The world’s most sustainable and aspirational nature based tourism destination.” What needs to happen to make it the best holiday destination and the best place to live on the planet? What needs to change and what needs to stay the same?
Our Year 1/2 students and teachers have been sourcing all sorts information and inviting people into the classroom to help them learn more about bees! Students learnt how bees 'bee-have' and about their 'bee-autiful' honey as they read about George the Farmer's "Beehive Breakout" and the "Bee Vomit Honey", what bountiful bees!
It's pretty cool when your Grandmother is invited into your classroom as an expert on mini beasts and you can proudly watch as she describes the family business and the way they take care of their bees. This is what happened in the Year 1/2 classes this week when beekeeper, and Grandmother, Maryann Pender from Timboon Honey visited our classrooms as part of the Mini Beasts investigations. Maryann described the various roles of the different bees in the hives and students could answer Maryann’s questions about the role of bees which included making honey, wax and pollinating flowers. Students saw how the hexagonal honeycombs were filled and bees emerging from eggs including a queen bee but learnt that sometimes new queens are mailed to the Penders for new genetics from bee breeders. The class was impressed by the processes and automation that Timboon Honey used to extract honey and wax from the hives and the way the hives were transported to different locations to access flowers to keep the bees healthy. Un-bee-lievable!
As part of their physics investigation of small engines our Year 7 science students visited the South Western District Restoration Group’s rally ground in Cobden. Adam Edge explained that the Club had over 130 members and that the Club’s aim was to foster interest in the restitution and restoration of steam or oil engines and other vintage articles. Club members generously showed students through sheds which included a 1908 vintage steam engine, a vertical fire tube boiler and a working scale model of a steam engine. Adam described the mechanism and force that drove a Fence Master post borer which was powered by a 1960’s Landrover and was used in paddocks to replace crank hand-powered post borers. Students examined a reducer gas unit which produced goal gas for a Crossley engine and they learnt about the workings of a Ruston Hornsby oil engine produced in 1920 that would have driven a large generator which supplied power for homesteads, cottages and buildings at Coleraine. Other agricultural equipment included a demonstration model Eclipse Milker and a wire tie hay baler that was towed to piles of hay in a paddock, then hay was pitched forked into the hopper where the bales were formed and the operator tied them off. Students also visited the Cistern Chapel which is nothing like the Sistine Chapel!! Thanks Adam, Peter, Steve, Ian, Neil, Russell and Barrie you’ve really made forces and physics come alive, we are really looking forward to our workshop at TAP’s On!
Our Year 8 Science students have made their own Camembert cheese in the classroom in a small scale operation, so as a comparison, Steve Billington introduced students to the large scale cheese making processes of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Saputo Australia. Students learnt that the Saputo site in Allansford is the biggest dairy site in Australia employing over 800 people. The Allansford plant yields 10% of the milk produced in Australia and 48% of the product mix is cheese with 30% of the Cheddar Cheese made in Australia produced here. It was interesting to note, that despite the volume differences and mechanisation, many of the techniques were similar to those undertaken by our students to produce their own cheese.
A feature of the science and literacy undertaken at Timboon P-12 School is the opportunity to celebrate peer teaching so it was great to see the Year 1/2 students sharing their new knowledge about snails with the Preps. The Year 1/2 students read their snail reports to the Preps and then asked the Preps to locate the snails' features. After watching how snails move around the classroom students held a snail race... what a wonderful way to learn.
The Year 10 Science students were once again privileged to see the use of world class genetics in action when they visited Garry, Lee and Maddison Hibberd’s 'Cooriemungle Holsteins' dairy farm. Garry described the evolution of the farm and explained that breeding was very important to their 500-550 cow dairy business with the enterprise using embryo flushing and embryo transfers from dams sired by world class international bulls to maximize genetic gain in their herd. Peter Younis from The Vet Group explained the procedure and students were able to see how embryos were flushed from high genetic merit cows to be assessed before being inserted into surrogate cows. Lee clarified that she would rather milk and feed 500 efficient, quality cows that were good at converting feed into milk rather than 1,000 average cows. Maddison described the use of calf hutches to maximize the health of the resulting calves and the use of the cow barn to ensure that there was minimal feed wastage and it also allowed the cows to avoid either hot or cold adverse conditions. Technicians Paul and Elle described their respective career pathways and encouraged students to consider a career in agriculture. We are very fortunate to have access to see world class genomic technology introduced to our class by such passionate advocates in regional Victoria. Thank you Garry, Lee, Pete, Paul and Elle.
We would like to invite you to attend TAP's On! 2019 an interactive, peer led demonstration of what we have accomplished this year in the Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP). On Thursday November 21st 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! demonstrates how agriculture and community engagement is integrated into our curriculum through different interactive classroom and off-campus activities. Our ‘STEP UP’ volunteer expo will be a highlight featuring SES, Ambulance Victoria, CFA and Life Saving Victoria with interactive, hands on workshops promoting volunteerism in our region.
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 Tourism Maths, duck tales, keeping kids safe on farms, the Red Cross Pillowcase Project, environmental bugs, Fishcare, probability maths, lavender produce, CSI Timboon Mark II, healthy eating, forces in restored engines and machines, Let’s make a meal, farm PMP, nature based art and a Tardis journey back in time.
TAP's On! will also feature a multi-agency incident /scenario with SES, Ambulance Victoria and CFA volunteers at lunchtime between 1.00-2.00pm. Guests are invited to stay for lunch with a TSPA (Timboon School Parents’ Association) supported BBQ. 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 2018/2019. TAP’s On! 2019 is proudly sponsored by Lochard Energy and Westpac Bank.
Since the TAP began in mid-2012, we have had over 400 industry personnel and community members provide either direct curriculum content to students or provide PD for teachers. I have attached an invitation which depicts our latest curriculum initiatives or you can check out our blog on the Timboon P-12 website under the TAP blog tab. http://www.timboonp12.vic.edu.au/
For further information please contact 0417 470 108 or email@example.com, Regards, Andrea Vallance TAP Coordinator