By Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith | Posted: Thursday August 24, 2017
GHS Year 13 students Hamish Prattley and Cody Clarke-Wills have being playing for the Roncalli Combined team in the UC Cup Rugby competition. This is the first year this combined team has been assembled and while there have not been very many wins, there have been many other advantages of being part of this elite group.
Both boys have played for Geraldine Rugby Football and were members of the highly successful team who won all the grades as they progressed through. Even so, the UC Cup has been a big step up in terms of higher level training and higher intensity games with a more structured game plan.
Hamish and Cody have been able to remain at GHS for their Year 13 rather than having to change schools in order to compete in a competition of this calibre. As a result they have been stand out students in the Level 3 Primary Industry Pilot Feeding and Pastures Programme run in conjunction with AgriLearn. Hamish is dairy farming with Richard and Jacqui Robinson while Cody works with Hamish and Danette McKeown on their sheep, beef and deer properties. The class is comprised of 10 students from schools in Mid and South Canterbury and North Otago. It involves 1-2 days per week on farm, training days at AgriLearn while also continuing with some classes at school. Being able to fit all this around the demands of training has been an added bonus which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our fabulous farmers.
The Level 3 course arose from a need for a meaningful, practically based course for students wanting to enter the Primary Industry. Our students are supported by Primary ITO who visit them on farm and at school. The GHS boys have a good agricultural grounding and strong work ethic and as a result the tutor has stated that “Overall your guys are great students. They are well ahead of the rest by a country mile!!”