Primary Industry News

By Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith | Posted: Thursday September 21, 2017

Interviews are underway for next year’s intake. The applicants have been well prepared and are of a high calibre which will make 2018 an exciting year.

Year 11 students are currently sorting their farm placements for next year. This involves one day a week on farm. All students have their farm bikes, water supply repair and fencing tickets, plus first aid and health & safety courses. If you would be interested in having a student next year, please get in touch.

We had NZ Young farmers - David Highstead the AgriKids and TeenAg convenor, and Terry Copeland CEO, talk to us at our formal school assembly recently. Terry outlined the work that goes in to winning a National Title and presented Angus Wallace, Jessica Furrer and William Wilson with their Grand Final Trophy. They also acknowledged the huge amount of work undertaken by the PIA class who travelled to Feilding and ensured this year’s competition was so successful. They are still amazed that we were prepared to fundraise to get there and then work long hard days for no reward. From the classes perspective it was hugely worthwhile and all agreed they learnt a huge amount working under pressure at this level and have already volunteered for 2018.

Josh Eason returned as a guest speaker last week. Josh is a junior shepherd at Linnburn Station and is living the dream. Josh was very grateful for the skills learnt in our PIA and Agriculture classes during Year 12 last year. His advice was to try things while still at school - he went from dairy to building to sheep and beef - working in his holidays having a go and as a result reached the point where he left school knowing exactly what he wanted as a career and now has ended up in a job that he loves.