New Steer Shed
Senior Ag Students
- Patrick Dodd – M Redding (farmer)
- Beatrice Carroll – Southwoods (agronomy and ag merchandise)
- Pria Sandercock – Caroline Roenfeldt (farmer)
- Thomas Smart – Sam Holmes (agronomist)
- Sarah Wuttke – Southwoods (agronomy and ag merchandise)
- Harrison Briggs – H Polgreen (farmer)
- Brad Robinson – A Thomson (farmer)
- Tayna Polgreen – H Polgreen (farmer)
The Ag Block continues to grow in numbers as the term continues! Our Year 9 class have been monitoring our ewe flock and are very pleased to report that we currently have 16 brand new lambs and counting...
Stage 2 Ag - great results!
The year has only just started and already we have some great news from the Ag Block! Our six senior Agriculture students from 2012 all successfully completed their course, achieving either a B or C grade after final moderation. This is a fantastic result for our students, four of whom completed the Stage 2 course whilst still in Year 11. Congratulations to Nikki Benyo, Keigan Elliott, Tim Hasting, Amy Nankivell, Annalise Robinson and Brooke Smith for a great year of study.
Senior Ag course
The senior Agriculture course, which incorporates work placement on a farm or in an agricultural business, is run on alternate years, so our Year 11 and 12 students in 2014 will be eligible to select this course as part of their SACE.
Ag block development
The other very exciting development in the Ag Block over the holidays is the progress of the facilities upgrade.
We now have a fantastic outdoor learning space which includes a verandah and paved area for practical lessons, the classroom has been freshly painted and a window has been incorporated between the two classrooms, thereby allowing for the introduction of a supervised IT learning area in the future.
Other projects include new fencing around the site of our future raised garden beds which will be available for use by all classes to grow and harvest produce.
Work in the Ag Block will continue this year as we further develop our facilities. We plan to build our garden beds in Term 1 (with the assistance of our Year 10 Ag students) and hope to get our new steer shed underway soon.
Stay tuned to future newsletters for updates about the Ag Block throughout the year!
Term 3 has been a whirlwind of activity in the Ag Block, culminating in our major event for the year – the Royal Adelaide Show. This year thirteen students, four goats and two steers participated in the events and were supported by numerous parent helpers and MAS staff members.
Last week I finally had the pleasure of meeting with the building contractors who will be undertaking the work in our Ag area. Work is planned to begin in the next school holidays. Parallel to this work occurring negotiations are continuing with Regional Skills Training to deliver broad acre cropping competencies for students across YP next year based at Maitland Area School. I believe that this will be an exciting and complementary addition the to the Ag programme we currently deliver.