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, shetland ponies, 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!
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