Next gen­er­a­tion in farm­ing

Keen Gin Gin stu­dents build their own agri­cul­tural pro­gram from the ground up

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

AG PRO­GRAM: Stu­dents build the agri­cul­tural pro­gram for fu­ture stu­dents.

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