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.
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets