Experience of life on the farm
FROM Mandurah to Woodvale, children are flocking to Kelmscott for a feel of farm life.
Kelmscott Senior High School’s primary agricultural program introduces primary school children to the reality of agriculture and its impact on their daily lives.
While on site for a visit, students see milking in action, watch a shearing demonstration, head out to the paddocks to see cattle, sheep, alpacas, horses and goats, and learn how to handle main shed animals such as chickens, rabbits and lambs.
Groups in the full-day program often make scones to show students how ingredients such as flour, milk, margarine and spreads are sourced from farmers and orchardists.
Program co-ordinator Norm Hammond said the program started in the late 1970s and had a reputation for providing an invaluable educational resource for teachers.
The program is aided by a team of volunteers and Mr Hammond is encouraging anyone interested in helping out to get in touch.
“An important part of the visitation program is the presence and assistance of our primary volunteers, who attend either weekly or fortnightly to assist in the various activities the students undertake. Their valued role enhances the children’s visit,” he said.
If you are interested in becoming a primary agricultural program volunteer, call 0409 688 853.
Volunteer Syd Soulsby, Katie Hughs and Christopher Black at Kelmscott Senior High School’s farm.