Ag Skills Day

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

The diversity of skills historically offered at the Ag Skills Day was on show again on Thursday 29 July in the Ag Plot when community members provided valuable learning experiences for Year 8 students and the Agriculture and Primary Industries classes at Coonabrabran High School.

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Wes Leedham and Carl Holmesby (WEEC) shared the skills joy of mudbrick building to students using soil provided by Adam Clarke; Chris Cormie imparted enough skills to students for them to work a horse from the ground; Lisa Moody ran an introduction to Horse Care session; Marty Wilkin trained students in tying knots that you can use your whole life; Greg Larkin (TAFE) worked doubly hard to run the welding workshop and have all students produce a piece of welding they, and their families, are proud of; Ange Bunner (WEEC) began regeneration of the creek area; Callen Thompson (LLS) trained students in the finer points of weed management; under May Fleming’s (LLS) Bird Identification guidance students discovered the School has a colony of the threatened Grey-crowned Babbler; George Halley had students stepping out fences and tying knots in fencing wire during the Fencing Workshop; Luke Milsom and Kate Atkinson (LLS) looked at the complexities of biosecurity; Joan Poyser and Andrew Young (RFS) introduced students to different aspects of life as a volunteer in the Rural Fire Service; Anthony O’Halloran from Bilby Blooms explained the purpose of distillation in extraction of oils from native plants and Liz Hawkins ran a variety of Steer Assessment workshops over the day.

The Year 11 Primary Industries class were integral in contacting and liaising with presenters prior to the event and were their point of contact on the day.  The Cattle Leading team did the initial set up during sport and Primary Industries students arrived at dawn to complete the set up and ensure all the presenters’ requirements were in place.

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 aimed to support student education and counter the socio-economic disadvantage due to isolation and the economy. The school canteen once again kept the team well fed.