What is TAP?
The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) is a partnership between the Timboon P-12 School and the industries, and community around us, resulting significant improvements in student learning outcomes and engagement.
The initial goals were-
1- Increase applied learning opportunities for students,
2- Increase the uptake of Maths/Science, especially at senior levels
3- Increase community engagement
4- Increase retention rates
5- Increase an awareness of agricultural career opportunities
The partnership project started by Timboon P-12 School and WestVic Dairy in mid-2012 has grown beyond expectations through the generous sharing of skills and knowledge by local community members and businesses: dairy farmers and other agriculturalists and horticulturalists—working with beef, ducks, sheep, chickens, lavender, chooks, strawberries; agricultural service providers from fencing contractors to vets to agricultural research scientists; major dairy processors and boutique food manufacturers; community service providers, school teachers and parents.
Does it work?
The 2016 Attitude to Schools survey showed significant improvements.
- 98% of parents felt that the school has a strong relationship to community
- 86% of parents felt that they can participate in their children’s education
Other data supports the retention of our students from Year 6 into Year which was one of the big drivers in the beginning and it is happening each year now.
At Timboon P12 School physics, chemistry and biology classes are conducted at VCE level – with good numbers despite being a small school which points to a strong science program and science is heavily connected to TAP
The TAP is a partnership between the school curriculum and the agricultural industry / businesses around us. Since August 2012 to December 2017 there have been 343 people providing direct curriculum content with teachers PD /students.
It’s no wonder the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Group Executive Officer, Tony Ford, described the TAP as, “…..inspiring and fits in what is best practice category for fostering Food and Fibre in schools.”
“… an emerging new education model for effecting cultural change.” - Great South Coast Strategic plan, 2015
“… a world class learning experience…” -Dr Sara Glover, Mitchell Institute
Check out the TAP blog for the latest TAP information and curriculum engagement!
TAP Highlights 2017
TAP Highlights 2016
TAP Highlights 2014
TAP Highlights 2013
TAP into Farm Safety 2016 Victorian Worksafe OHS Achievement Award
Landline "Farm Study" January 2016