Applications for Primary Industry Academy 2018 out soon

By Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith | Posted: Thursday August 10, 2017

Are you motivated and hard working?

Do you have good attendance, have a genuine interest in working in the primary sector (on farm or at tertiary level) and enjoy practical, hands on learning? 

This may be the course for you!

About the Academy

The Primary Industry Academy is a virtual school, linking schools, industry training organisations, and employers. Geraldine High School is AgExcel accredited. This is an industry endorsed quality mark that is awarded when a high standard of training and education delivery is achieved by training providers.

Our course:

  • Level 1 - undertake a number of field trips and have an introduction to many different aspects of Primary Industry while beginning to work towards their NZ Certificate in Primary Industry Skills
  • Level 2 - one day per week on farm and complete their NZ Certificate
  • Both groups compete in the Young Farmer competition and attend courses at Agri Learn eg farm bikes, fencing, chainsaws, tractors and water supply
  • Level 3 - feeding and pastures.  This class is part of a cluster of South Canterbury schools. Students are on farm up to 2 days per week plus training days at AgriLearn.

There is NO cost (although there is a charge of $10 per item for the class uniform).

Students receive: Swanndri shirt, dress jacket, waterproof Kathmandu jacket and leggings for use during the year.

Selection Process

  • Collect an application form from the School Office on Monday 21st August (conferencing day) and come and see Mrs Foley-Smith at the careers evening Wednesday 23rd August.
  • Once applications are in (by 7th September), we will shortlist on 11th September and then hold interviews – with parents/caregivers and students – (these will run on September 19th & 20th).

Please Note: 

Academic ability: there are no selection criteria regarding this. A learning assistant is employed for all classes and there is lots of help for literacy, numeracy, dyslexia and different learning styles including students continuing on to tertiary education.

But … places are limited.

Please contact Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith if you have any questions regarding the above on [email protected] or phone 027 596 3838.