Grammar secures use of farm for a further 95 years
Mt Albert Grammar School has secured the use of its farm for a further 95 years.
The school has enjoyed the use of a 20 acre farm for its agricultural courses for the past 80 years following a grant from the then Auckland Savings Bank.
As a boys’ school at the time the land was initially used for preparing the students for employment in more traditional farming roles.
In more recent times there has been a shift towards a more academic agricultural and horticultural science-based curriculum.
While some students still go on to farming roles, an increasing number are also finding places in areas like veterinary science, horticulture and equine studies.
The original lease was recently renewed by ASB Bank and the farm is to be known as the ASB Farm at Mt Albert Grammar School.
Buildings on the farm include a one-stand wool shed with full wool-handling facilities, sufficient pens to hold 150 sheep overnight, a unit for small animals and a manager’s residence.
The farm is visited by thousands of people a year from preschoolers to senior citizens.