Some­thing Fishy at North­holm

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - My Council -

Build­ing on a suc­cess­ful Agri­cul­tural pro­gram, stu­dents and teach­ers at North­holm Gram­mar School are look­ing for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing a com­mer­cial scale Aquapon­ics fa­cil­ity at the school.

Year Nine stu­dent Mathew Ed­wards ex­plained "Aquapon­ics is the com­bi­na­tion of aqua­cul­ture - or fish farm­ing with hy­dro­pon­ics - grow­ing leafy veg­eta­bles with­out soil.” Class­mate An­nalise Snow said “It’s com­pletely or­ganic be­cause the fish pro­duce nat­u­ral fer­til­izer which is then used by the plants so no man-made chem­i­cals are used”.

North­holm Agri­cul­tural Tech­nol­ogy teacher Melissa Duff said the pro­gram called Aquapon­ics in Ac­tion will en­cour­age stu­dents to study STEM sub­jects as a taster for some of the great ca­reers they can pur­sue from their stud­ies of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths.

“Stu­dents aren’t just read­ing, writ­ing and dis­cussing their sub­ject’ she said, “with Aquapon­ics in Ac­tion they will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their sub­jects, which is a far bet­ter way to so­lid­ify their learn­ing”.

De­sign and Tech­nol­ogy teacher Andrew McMil­lan said “it re­ally cov­ers a lot of sub­jects and will in­clude stu­dents from both the ju­nior and se­nior schools. Spe­cific ar­eas of fo­cus for the pro­gram in­clude sus­tain­abil­ity, agri­cul­ture, the food sys­tem, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, eco­nom­ics, mar­ket­ing and lead­er­ship”.

Stu­dents will be shar­ing their knowl­edge of aquapon­ics at their demon­stra­tion stand at the Cas­tle Hill Show on the 4, 5 and 6 March and en­cour­age other schools and the pub­lic to get to know a bit more about this healthy, sus­tain­able and fas­ci­nat­ing method of food pro­duc­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Lynne Guthridge said it is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment at the school, with fund­ing ap­proved by the school coun­cil ear­lier this year. “As well as of­fer­ing an­other way of teach­ing and en­gag­ing our stu­dents in the im­por­tant STEM sub­jects, it will also be a show­case and teach­ing re­source for other schools and an­other agri­cul­tural train­ing fa­cil­ity on our school grounds.

Visit www.north­holm.nsw.edu.au for more in­for­ma­tion or to book a school tour.

North­holm stu­dents are look­ing for­ward to an up­graded aquapon­ics sys­tem

fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pi­lot pro­gram

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