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 in 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?
NAPLAN results have demonstrated that relative gains increased 2012-2015, plateaued in 2016 with a trend in growth upwards in Maths/Science/Literacy in 2018.
This is particularly evident in our Year 9 cohort with 52% of students scoring in the top 2 bands of NAPLAN against a state average of 24%
The 2018 attitude to Schools survey continues to demonstrate connectedness to school especially at senior levels with 71% of Timboon Year 7-9 students positive (compared to state average of 57% - similar rural schools 59%)
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 2018 there have been almost 370 people providing direct curriculum content with teachers PD /students. In 2018, there were 99 individual community and industry personnel involved in the development and delivery of TAP curriculum and associated teacher PD. This equates to 264 hours, or $10,577* of imputed value for time generously donated to support TAP initiatives. (*Dollar value of unfunded industry time calculated at $40/hr.)
It’s no wonder the TAP has been described as -
- “The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) is a best practice example of what can be achieved with a strong partnership with schools, industry and community” - James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Education (June 2019)
- “ Timboon are dairy champions and we love the excitement and enthusiasm your school has for the industry.” - Vanessa Forrest, Dairy Australia (August 2019)
- “…..inspiring and fits in what is best practice category for fostering Food and Fibre in schools.” - Tony Ford, Great South Coast Food and Fibre Group Executive Officer (2018)
- “… a world class learning experience…” - Dr Sara Glover, Mitchell Institute
- “… an emerging new education model for effecting cultural change.” - Great South Coast Strategic plan, (2015)
TAP Highlights 2018
TAP Highlights 2017
TAP Highlights 2016
TAP Highlights 2014
TAP Highlights 2013
TAP into Farm Safety 2015 Victorian Worksafe OHS Achievement Award
Landline "Farm Study" January 2016