THE FACULTY MISSION STATEMENT – “PROUDLY RECOGNISING THAT FARRER MEMORIAL AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL IS THE BEST SECONDARY AGRICULTURAL TRAINING INSTITUTION IN AUSTRALIA BY MAXIMISING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH COURSES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO STUDENTS AND INDUSTRY USING EXEMPLAR PROGRAMS, FACILITIES AND STAFF”.
The Agriculture faculty teaches a diverse range of topics – Agriculture being a compulsory subject for all students in Years 7 to 10 and is offered as an elective subject for Years 11 & 12.
What does the Agricultural Faculty teach:
- Nursery production Year 8
- Agronomy Years 9 and 10
- Calf rearing Year 7
- Beef Management Years 9 and 10
- Horticulture Years 8 and 10
- Skills Unit Year 7
- Tree planting Year 8
- Vegetable Production Year 7
- Pigs Year 8
- Dairy Years 9 and 10
- Tractor operation and Agricultural Machinery Year 10
- Property Planning Year 10
- Poultry Year 7 and 8
- Prime Lambs Years 9 and 10
- Wool science Years 9 and 10 -elective
- Primary Industries Beef Production Years 11 and 12 AQF 111
- Primary Industries Core Years 11 and 12 AQF11
- Primary Industries Sheep specialisation Year 11 and 12 AQF 11
Who is rostered on where and when?
ALL students are rostered onto duties 7 days a week. Mrs Dawson in charge.
Year 7 calf rearing feeding cleaning etc mornings 6.45 am, afternoon 3.30pm organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week , 2 must be present
- Year 7 layer sheds feeding, husbandry, Lunch time daily and weekends 12.30-1.15 organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week
Year 8 piggery duties, cleaning feeding etc morning 6.30am, afternoons 3.15 pm organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week 2 must be present. Students have to sign on at dairy prior to going to the piggery
- Year 8 Prime lamb lot-feeding. etc, Lunch time daily organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week weekends 12.30-1.15. 2 must be present
Year 9 Dairy duties milking, feeding etc mornings 6.00 am, afternoon 3.30pm 3 or 4 students
- Year 10 Stock duties mornings afternoon 3.30pm 2 students
- Wool science students – are rostered on during AI programs (3 weeks) and lambing (for a six week period). Mr Smith in charge
EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES – OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS
We buy and train a number of steers per year. All proceeds are returned to the farm. This is carried out as an extra curricula activity only. Miss Tolley is in charge of this for 2015, Approx 45 students involved .
Judging and showing
Training for the following occurs twice per week for some and once for others terms 1, 2 and 3 and part of 4. Approx 85 students involved.
- Pig judging ( Ms Tolley)
- Prime lambs ( Mr Smith, )
- Fleece judging ( Mr Smith)
- Dairy ( Ms Tolley)
Calving and lambing and breeding programs
Calving which now occurs over two months as opposed to all year starts July. Beef students rostered onto these activities. Lambing occurs over six weeks.
Year 11 and 12 Beef students are rostered onto AI programs, Et programs and other programs by Mr Peeters throughout the year. Usually 9.00am in mornings, this may take students from other classes however classes are not permitted off the timetable due to implications for supervision in hostel, Library etc.