We have introduced silent reading at school. This week our teacher decided to make a giant fort our of blankets for us read our favourite stories from our childhood in. It was quite cosy! Lil' T-Bone was the structural giant that kept our fort standing. Thanks for reading with us Lil' T-Bone
Today we delved into the world of biosecurity. This was a new concept to us and something we had to learn about. We began by watching a video about Pirates of the Caribbean… ok, maybe it was more about Johnny Depp’s dogs. This was a good introduction to biosecurity. We kind of understood what Miss was talking about now.
We broke into two groups, or airports – Melbourne and Sydney. Each of us had to fill in a passenger card and declare what we had brought into school that day. We all ticked the question about recent contact with farm animals and farms due to our farm visit in the last fortnight. We discussed the reasons why these questions were asked and began to collect our thinking around biosecurity and add it to the think tank.
We had a number of items that needed testing from airport security. These items included a soccer boot (probably because the world cup was coming up), a shell, a wooden bead, a leaf and a quarter of a honey sandwich. You can learn more about our experiment and what we learnt here. This was an interesting introduction that helped us understand the concept of biosecurity.
We visited the National Pest and Disease Outbreak website and looked at current threats in NSW. Luckily Lil’ T-Bone had nothing to worry about at the moment. However, bananas in the Northern Territory have to beware of the Banana Freckle! We also discussed how Virginia at Grace Springs Farm (which we have visited) could ensure her property was safe from any threats.
This weeks archibull session was topped off by some fabulous beef sliders prepared by Michaela and John. As it was such a lovely day we took our lunch outside and discussed possible creative ideas for our archi. We also wrote some questions for TIm and can't wait to meat him next week.
Today we visited Grace Springs Farm at Kulnura. We had the BEST afternoon. After a warm greeting by Virginia, Tony and Molly, we began our tour of the farm. First stop - the cows! We learnt a great deal about keeping cows, their anatomy and how to train them. Virginia suggested that her friend Lotta join us. We all fell instantly in love with this gentle and curious soul. Much to our delight we were able to lead Harmony around the rest of the farm with us. As Aaliyah took the rope she declared, “I love my life!”
Heading towards the chickens we said a quick hello to the very noisy sheep. On arrival to the chicken pen Steven found a runaway. He was definitely the chicken whisperer! It is no secret that Aaron loves his chicken… and well, his love was obvious as he hugged a chook. “Can you adopt me?”, he said to Virginia.
We then tasted Thai Basil in the market garden, cuddled some meat chickens, and helped with some chores. One group learnt how Virginia rotates her cattle on the property and another assisted in the moving of a group of ducks.
To finish the day we cuddled some duckings. Virginia and Tony had to check pockets as we were leaving to make sure we didn’t smuggle any out.
We can’t wait to visit Grace Springs Farm again. We learnt so much and Virginia was amazing at explaining all things farming at our level. These are some of the things we learnt:
“You can run and manage a fund without having a great deal of money. You just use what you have there and it all comes together.” - Isabella
“All the animals have a job on the farm. They have to work for their food.” - Aaron
“Cows are actually easy to train when they are first born so when they get older it is easier to move them to different paddocks and look after them.” – Chelsea
“Cows can get up to 450 kilos!” - Steven
“I learnt about the anatomy of cows and chickens.” – Aaliyah
“There are different types of chickens – meat birds and egg-laying birds!” – Brandon
"“The students learnt about holistic farming, permaculture and the benefits of chemical-free produce. Virginia and Tony engaged them in all aspects of the property and I know that when we return to the classroom the discussion around their experiences will be rich. “ – Amy
Selfies with Lotta
Lil' T-bone is in the building!
Thanks to our amazing delivery guy, Lil' T-Bone has made a new home at TLC.
Lil' T-Bone checks out the school and the learning we have done so far.
Our teacher Amy is excited to have a new class pet.
Our second formal lesson focussed on the Archibull was so much fun. We decided to work on some of the skills we needed to complete the project such as blogging, artistic ideas and stop animation. Catriona and Brandon worked on documenting some of our learning on the blog from last week. Adam and Isabella played with some stop animation software. We are hoping to use stop animation in our multimedia project. This was challenging but fun! Chelsea and Aaron finished off some learning around Women in Agriculture and then begun to brainstorm possible ideas/artistic styles in which we could decorate our cow. (We had to stop them when Aaron decided we were going to turn our archi into a fish tank for a sea cow!)
Meanwhile, Daryl and John worked hard to create a beautiful beef inspired meal for us all to share. Using Australian beef and produce, Daryl and John made us all Spaghetti Bolognese. We have decided to make a beef dish every learning session that we can gather around and share our ideas/enjoy each others company. We want the participants of this project to experience a sense of BELONGING. Belonging is one of the elements of The Circle of Courage model we are using to guide our learning in this project. It was lovely to sit together and share ideas and thoughts. As we have a few new students to our school it was also a great chance to learn a little more about them. What a team we have!
We had our first official Archibull lesson this week. Amy began by explaining to us the different elements of the project including the design of the cow, the blog and the multimedia presentation. We looked at some of 2016's Archibull designs and discussed what we wanted to get out of this project.
Additionally we connected our learning in the Archibull to the Circle of Courage. The Circle of Courage is the model we work with and towards at TLC. We believe this project can help us meet all four components of the Circle of Courage.
Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s Framework
As we shifted our learning into Careers in Agriculture we spoke about independence. Independence involves demonstrating personal responsibility. You demonstrate independence when you:
By researching and engaging with careers in agriculture we are taking responsibility and initiative for our future. We are opening ourselves up to the possibility of a career in agriculture. We learnt a little about our Young Farming Champion mentor, Tim Eyes too. We saw him speak about his journey and in doing so modelled independence to us. We can't wait to meet him in person.
You can see our full lesson by clicking here.
You can view our learning on careers in agriculture here.
Additional facts we learnt this lesson:
We also started a questions for Tim wall! Our questions so far are:
We were so excited to get our project up and running yesterday. Our graphic designer Brandon begun working on our wonderful blog with new student and team member John. We set up our collaborative learning space and are ready to document our thinking and planning. Watch this space to see how how our learning progresses.
The Archibull Prize kicks off at TLC with the VR beef bus. Students were sceptic about it because they didn’t know what to expect. All students were broken into groups and went into the bus. After a few simple instructions we put the virtual reality goggles and headphones on and we were transported into 360 degree farming action. Hear what some of the participants had to say about the experience.
Written by Steven and Frankie
Media Release prepared by MLA and Beef Australia -
Media Release – Tuesday 15th May 2018
CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS TAKE A UNIQUE VIRTUAL JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S BEEF INDUSTRY FROM PADDOCK TO PLATE
Students at The Lake College took a journey through Australia’s world-class beef production system today without leaving the classroom, thanks to innovative 360-degree video technology.
Australian Beef's stunning and unique Paddock to Plate Story, visited the Central Coast, as part of a tour along the East Coast of New South Wales and Queensland, where it was also set up at Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton.
The immersive 360-degree reality tour caters to consumers of beef by telling them the story of Australian beef production and underpins why Australia produces the greatest beef in the world. The footage takes them into the world of Australian cattle farming, transportation, feedlots, processing and end markets, such as restaurants.
Current research indicates there are now about 20% less Australians from urban centres visiting cattle or sheep farms annually compared to six years ago. This, coupled with a rise in consumer interest in the provenance of food, has led Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to deliver an innovative new way to engage the broader community about how red meat is produced.
MLA Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Lisa Sharp said the Paddock to Plate Story is an engaging, fact-based tool that addresses growing interest from Australians in how their food is produced.
“Immersive and creative videos such as the Paddock to Plate Story help educate and engage students by addressing their growing interest in sustainability, meat quality, traceability and animal welfare practices within our industry,” Ms Sharp said.
“Ultimately, this is about showcasing Australian beef as the greatest meat on earth.
“This unique experience puts students at the centre of the production journey and showcases the dedicated and passionate Australian beef producers, the process of producing beef and the quality product they consume.”
Find out more about the Paddock to Plate story and Australian Beef supply chain at AustralianBeef.com.au and @AustralianBeef. Join the conversation online using #BeefTheGreatest.
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets