Next generation in farming
Keen Gin Gin students build their own agricultural program from the ground up
STUDENTS and teachers of Gin Gin State High School have officially launched the school’s next stage of the agricultural program.
School principal Robin Rayner said the core purpose was to provide the highest standard of education for students.
“We have accomplished a lot in a short time, setting up the agriculture program, and we have our students to thank for all they have achieved,” Mrs Rayner said.
The program was initially set up to help students in Years 7-10 with special needs, but as the program was developed more students were interested in agriculture.
The students built the entire complex from the ground up, with the generous support from the Bundaberg Regional Council and the community of Gin Gin.
The students set the form work to lay the concrete; they were taught to weld and they built the shed and the animal pens.
Cr Wayne Honor said the school would have access to the land around the school to further the program well into the future.
“I thank the previous lease holder of the land, as they kindly handed over the land to the school before the lease period ended,” Cr Honor said.
“I have secured a lease for eight years, and I want to thank everyone for assisting in dealing with all the red tape to secure the agricultural program.”
The school’s head of department, Cameron Wesche, said with the facilities they had now, the students would be hands-on from the artificial insemination stage to the butcher shop with the final product hopefully even making its way into the school tuckshop.
“It’s an opportunity for students to experience not only agriculture but also engineering and construction,” he said.
“Through community support, the students are able to get real life experience and work-ready skills.
“It’s the students’ enthusiasm that drives the program and it puts us in good step for the future of agriculture to the area.”
AG PROGRAM: Students build the agricultural program for future students.