We have spent the term focusing on farm safety and in particular, tractor safety. Students have discussed how to work safely around machinery and then had the 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to show how NOT to behave around tractors – see our photographs!
This term we have studied the Farm Environment, including climate, soil, pests and weeds. Our Year 8 students made their own wind monitors and used thermometers to record weather conditions in various places in the Ag Block. We have also learnt about the farming zones in SA.
Our focus this term has been 'Insects'. The highlight of the unit was a visit by Mr Lionel Harmer, a local beekeeper, who taught us all about honey production and brought in various items of beekeeping equipment to share with the class.
More recently we have been caring for our sheep flock – our current lamb count is four!
This term we have studied Soil Science and our Ag Certificate students have started their tractor driving lessons. Our groundsman Sean Carroll has spent the last four weeks working with a small group of students who are now confident to start and stop the tractor, attach a range of implements and feed out hay. The remainder of the class have studied aspects of soil conservation.
Finally we come to our most senior Ag students who have also made a fantastic start to the year. Our major projects involving crop trials with YP AG and a Vitamin B12 lamb trial are well underway. A big thank you to Harvey Smart for providing a shearing lesson to our class!
Our students' individual work placements are progressing well with each member of the class gaining valuable knowledge and skills during their time at local farms/businesses.
Believe it or not, Term 1 is a relatively quiet term for our Ag students - next term we will start our cropping program and welcome goats, calves, pigs, steers and more lambs to the school farm!
If you would like to know more about our school Agriculture program or feel you could contribute in some way, please call the school for a chat. We would love to hear from you.