Let the Show’s begin: Congratulations to all those students who both applied and successfully interviewed for the scholarship positions this year. Unfortunately, due to the large interest in the programs we were unable to find positions for everyone and like a good Carlton supporter would say, “There’s always next year”!
This year the school has increased its Scholarship program from two to five programs, the sheep have been divided into Corriedale and Poll Dorset teams with a range of shows they will be entering and being judged at.
We no longer have just the steer program, we are bringing in the 1st XI Simmental stud team as well. Both teams will have to learn to break in their animals and be able to lead them around the ring in a judged competition. There will be several shows attended and the highlight for all four of these teams will be participating and competing amongst the best in the country at the Royal Agricultural Society’s Melbourne Show. I am getting the feeling that all the scholarship students are extremely dedicated to bringing home the ribbons this year.
The fifth scholarship program is new this year, Horticulture. This team will be more commercially minded, propagating, planting and harvesting a whole range of produce from their dedicated planting areas. The current plan is to have a mixture of fresh vegetables and cut flowers available to the school community, and in future years, an orchard of citrus and Pome fruit. I think this is going to be an extremely rewarding and engaging enterprise for those scholars involved.
With the larger scholarship programs this year, we have managed to increase the student participation from 18 to 48, which shows a fantastic commitment to the agricultural program by the students and the school.
The School is very lucky to have so many generous supporters and I would just like to thank Mr. John Coyne, the owner of Coynes Forklifts in Laverton North. John has gone well out of his way and found the school an amazing forklift, that also happens to be in the school colours, and had it delivered to us for an extremely generous price. A quick plug! If you need a forklift, call John.
On a personal note, it has been great to see so many students enjoying and utilizing a greater proportion of the farm. While the weather has been good, I have often come across cyclists and walkers taking in the magnificent views out across the creek and beyond.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast