CHS Ag Skills Day 2020

Students exploring Bee Homes with Ange Bunner

Introducing students to, and promoting awareness of the diverse range of skills in the agriculture industry through hands-on experience in small groups.

There is always a huge diversity of skills offered at the Ag Skills Day, and that did not change last week when the day ran in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

This valuable learning experience was attended by Coonabarabran High School students studying Agriculture and Primary Industries and Year 8 who took advantage of being hands-on in the following workshops:  Kate Davies showed there is more to know about sheep than you first think; Chris Cormie demonstrated yet  again that  he is a guru in Horse Training,; Pig Assessment was thoroughly covered by Michelle Webb; Marty Wilkin challenged the knot tying skills of all students; Greg Larkin and Richard Fleming were impressed by the focus of students in Welding; Ange Bunner involved students in making Bee homes; Callen Thompson engaged his audience in weed management;  Kevin Keeler helped students become competent with pipe fittings; Kevin Bell brought his sheep and magnificent sheep dogs to the day; Kelly Leedham and May Fleming ran Bird Identification; students made mini worm farms with Maryann Ebsworth, Stefan Elboune helped students appreciate the value of Natural habitat Corridors as well as running two workshops for Roving Reporters; Dan Stewart and Liz Hawkins taught students some basic tractor maintenance and driving skills; and, Will Thorncraft and Luke Milsom worked with students covering the complexities and relative advantages and disadvantages of different biosecurity techniques.

We appreciate the support given to the school this year by all the experienced, passionate, engaging, flexible presenters.  We are also most grateful for Equity funds distributed by the State Government to our school supporting student education and countering the socio-economic disadvantage of our school due to isolation and the economy. The school canteen once again supplied a sumptuous banquet, a fitting accompaniment to a brilliant, hands-on, day of learning for our students.

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