OUR FARM PROGRAM
Yes, you read right - we have a farm! We have two locations for housing the animals at BSC, both located on our school grounds.
The animals, which currently include goats, chickens, rabbits and a rooster, are well looked after and fed twice daily (including weekends). We have them as pets and love them dearly.
Read on to learn about how our Farm Program will educate students through agricultural practices and interactions with the animals!
what is the farm program?
The Farm Program is designed to provide BSC students with opportunities to learn agricultural science, environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics through experience with and exposure to agricultural practices, with a focus on sustainability.
The vision for the program is to extend it beyond the classroom to include animal therapy, sustainability education and fostering positive relationships between students and the animals.
why have a farm program?
The agricultural industry in Victoria is the largest
in Australia and has experienced significant
growth in the last decade. This will only
continue to grow as the demand for food/
fibre production continues to increase,
creating a need for more productivity and
research in the agriculture sector.
Implementing this Farm Program will
provide our students with opportunities
to explore different aspects of
agricultural practice. Not only will this
enable practical STEM learning for our
students, it will also introduce students to
many and varied career opportunities the
agriculture industry has to offer.
With close proximity to La Trobe University and
Melbourne Polytechnic (which both offer
agricultural tertiary courses), Bundoora Secondary
College is in a great position to offer such a program.
when is the farm program commencing?
In our current climate, it's difficult to plan for the future not knowing what school will look like. However, our current vision is for subjects to integrate with the Farm Program from the beginning of 2021.
Planning is also underway for a Centre for Environment and Sustainable Agricultural Practices to be built on the school premises. Watch this space!