Agricultural Studies at Tyabb
As a Middle School student at our Tyabb Campus your child will get to participate in our excellent agricultural studies program. Our facilities at this campus include an area incorporating a barn, incubators, igloo, garden, paddocks, dam and pens.
On this farm we keep sheep, dairy calves, chickens, worms and ponies and occasionally other agricultural livestock. We also maintain produce gardens. Your child will learn about health and safety; incubation; breeding, raising and marketing of livestock and produce; sustainability, water conservation and recycling; and general practices in Australian farming.
During Year 7 students your child will be introduced to the agricultural enterprises that are the basis for the food they eat and clothes they wear. They will develop their awareness of the wider world beyond their local community, and learn about the practicalities of farm life, such as dealing with pest animals, acceptable ways of managing livestock, and basic processes performed by farmers.
During Year 9 they will take part in a program sponsored by Dairy Australia called ‘Cows Create Careers’. They will be given two young dairy calves to rear for a short period of time, and they will meet a dairy farmer, research the dairy industry, and complete a number of written projects. They will also study selected farm enterprises and look at them as a ‘system’ (inputs, processing, outputs).
For many of our Tyabb students the agricultural studies program is one of the highlights of Middle School. It broadens their experiences through fun, enjoyable activities, and gives them an outlet for their physical energy in practical tasks, as well as developing their research and problem-solving skills. Caring for livestock demands responsibility and commitment, and each year we delight in watching young people rise to this challenge, developing individually as well as improving their cooperation skills as they work together.