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Agriculture

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Students who participate in these courses will have the potential to learn about many agricultural production systems with specific examples of food and plant production that touch on sound business, management and sustainability principles.

The school's farm has an active Braford cattle stud with a focus on breeding cattle for good temperament and correct conformation. It also has poultry hens, miniature horses, alpacas, beehives, macadamia trees, pastures and a cropping area as well as a plant nursery and vegetable patches. Fencing and irrigation work are actively carried out which offer students a range of experiences targeted at their ability level over the three Years - 10, 11 and 12.

The intention of these courses is to further develop students' knowledge and skills in agriculture with the possibility of leading into further studies in the agricultural industry, either directly or through further training at TAFE, agricultural colleges or university. The subjects have a high dependence on practical applications and provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their animal handling. Students who participate in these courses will have the potential to learn about many agricultural production systems with specific examples of food and plant production that touch on sound business, management and sustainability principles. The school's farm has an active Braford cattle stud with a focus on breeding cattle for good temperament and correct conformation. It also has poultry hens, miniature horses, alpacas, beehives, macadamia trees, pastures and a cropping area as well as a plant nursery and vegetable patches. Fencing and irrigation work are actively carried out which offer students a range of experiences targeted at their ability level over the three Years 10, 11 and 12. The intention of these courses is to further develop students' knowledge and skills in agriculture with the possibility of leading into further studies in the agricultural industry either directly or through further training at TAFE, agricultural colleges or university. The subjects have a high dependence on practical applications and provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their animal handling and cropping techniques as well as farm maintenance skills.

Course content

Year 10 AHC10210 Certificate I in AgriFood Operations

  • Focus highly on safety while carrying out many farming skills
  • Develop confidence in handling animals and providing support for animal production systems through the application of skills required for maintaining troughs, fences, yards, shed fixtures and fittings 
  • Support plant nursery work including preparing tools and equipment for nursery work, propagation, transplanting, weeding as well as pest and disease control
  • Support horticultural crop production including land preparation, seeding, planting, maintaining, loading and unloading, harvesting or picking, sorting and packing
  • Support irrigation work and working on smaller irrigation systems used in gardens and plant nursery areas, using irrigation tools and equipment, basic repair and maintenance of irrigation components and systems
  • Maintain a workplace in a professional and responsible manner by contributing towards a team, assisting in the maintenance of workshops, using equipment such as hand tools, high-pressure water cleaners, blower vacs and compressors
  • Participate in show preparation and farm maintenance

Year 11 and  Year 12  AHC21210 Certificate II in Rural Operations 

  • Focus more on the skills of general farming practices, concentrating on safety while also looking into sustainable farming practices and showing due concern for the environment
  • Observe, care for and handle a range of animals, monitoring health through daily life to parturition and following feeding programmes
  • Be actively involved in propagating, growing, maintaining and harvesting a range of cropping plants
  • Maintain and harvest the school's established productive orchard
  • Demonstrate skills at successfully propagating, weeding and maintaining plants in the productive plant nursery and vegetable gardens
  • Actively carry out fencing and maintenance of farm structures while learning basic tool handling techniques
  • Participate in an excursion to either the Stanthorpe or local farming region where exposure to various farming industries will extend and refine the students' understanding of the agricultural industry and allow for them to apply knowledge from experiences gained on these excursions
  • Actively participate in show preparation and farm maintenance
  • Actively construct beehives and harvest honey

Opportunities and extracurricular activities

Agricultural students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities throughout the year. These may vary from year to year but at the Year 10, 11 and 12 level they can participate in these activities during agricultural classes, during sport or in their own time regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in specific agricultural subjects:

  • Before school feeding of animals from 8.00 to 8.30 am
  • Lunchtime activities at the farm where animals are exercised and groomed on a Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday
  • Shows that the agriculture department are involved in
  • Leading and mentoring younger students
  • Building of show displays for Caboolture and the Ekka (Royal Brisbane Show) during lunchtimes and before school

Students in 2016:

Participated and came second in Fruit and Vegetable Display at Caboolture Show
Won grain display, movement, vegetable produce and came second in effective arrangement overall at the Youth Districts Exihibits at the EKKA

  • Participated in Farm Fantastic at Caboolture
  • Had the opportunity to act as Associate Judges and in Paraders competitions at local shows.

What students like about studying agriculture

"The opportunity to work as an Associate Judge at Caboolture Show was great." Georgia, Year 12

"Working at the EKKA with the display was fun." Jemma, Year 10

"I like harvesting macadamia nuts but you have to be careful using the nut dehusker!" Lenny Year 12

"We spend a lot of our own time plus class time feeding the animals and looking after them. I am here most days doing this because I enjoy working with the animals." Riley, Year 9

 Champion Braford Bull "Hands", led by Chelsea Emblen
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Last reviewed 29 July 2019
Last updated 29 July 2019