CHCS. Circular Head Christian School’s year nine Intrepid Agriculture class has had success in the Cows Create Careers competition.
Seven schools and more than 400 students competed in the event where the local school claimed the title of Overall Winning School – Senior for the region.
The Intrepid Program, introduced at CHCS this year, helps to prepare students for life beyond school through various subjects, including Outdoor Skills, Business Enterprises, Agricultural Sciences and Maths Pathway.
The Cows Create Careers – Farm Module is a Dairy Australia initiative which provides students across the country with a taste of what the industry involves through hands-on learning.
Over the course of term three, students research aspects of the dairy industry, learn calf rearing and health techniques, and hear from industry advocates about their role in the industry.
The class was given two calves to rear for three weeks, recording feed and health indicators, and weight gain each week. Students were placed on a regular feeding roster each morning.
They worked in groups to submit 3D diorama models, a letter summarising what they had learned from the program and a funny photo of their group and the calves.
The program culminated in a presentation and judging day in Burnie in late October.
One of the Circular Head Christian School teams, Robins Rotaries comprising Hanna Watling, Tiarna Moran, Rory Cochrane and Joseph Ling, won third place in the Senior Team Competition for the north west.
Smithton High School students also competed in the competition, with Cody Hursey, Oliver Morice and Zak Ollington of team Legendairy placing second for their entry.
Teachers congratulated the students for their contributions and thanked the local industry advocates who helped make the program what it was.