Agriculture

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CYS has extensive grounds including several hectares of school farm. Students from B-12 are involved in the farm, with primary students engaged in our Garden to Plate program and 7-12 students through Agriculture lessons and courses. The school employs two Ag teachers, a groundsman with farm upkeep responsibilities.

Garden to Plate

We offer Garden to plate to all primary students and offer Agricultural Studies to our secondary students. Our facilities include a 13 hectare farm which is run and managed by our students in conjunction with our school staff and Agriculture committee. Local farmers and businesses strongly support our Agriculture program, providing fantastic opportunities for excursions and work experience. We are developing links with outside training providers, allowing students to build individual career pathways in the Agriculture sector.

Year 7-8 Agriculture

Students study Agriculture for two lessons a week as part of their Science curriculum. The subject is theory based, but includes a significant practical component so students can gain confidence developing their ‘hands on’ skills. Topics covered include: farm safety, incubating chicken eggs, enterprises run at CYS, wool production and processing, cattle production including raising calves, field crops, farm machinery, sheep production and plant science.

Year 9-10 Agriculture

Practical skills and scientific knowledge are further developed through working with livestock, crops and soil for three lessons per week. Students develop- independent work skills by learning to drive the school tractor and preparing the school paddocks for seeding. Topics covered include: insects and agriculture, lamb management, poultry production, soil science, pig production, field crops and sheep and wool. We have a proud and successful history in livestock competitions at the Royal Adelaide Show. Students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to represent CYS at this national event in the goat and steer competitions.

Senior Agriculture

In this full year subject students apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct agricultural investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices, obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of agriculture investigations,  evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions, develop and apply knowledge and understanding of agricultural concepts, skills, and practices in new and familiar contexts and explore and understand agricultural science as a human endeavour. Topics include Animal Production , Plant Production, Resource Management and Agribusiness..

Latest News from Ag & Garden to plate

Gift Voucher Win

Gift Voucher Win

Our visit to Broomfield Black Angus Stud back in week 1 saw Connor guess the correct weight of one of Brett Grahams prize bulls. Broomfield
Pig Education Day

Pig Education Day

On Friday 19 of October, myself and two other students and Mrs Le Feuvre attended the Adelaide Roseworthy pig education day run by Graeme Pope
Rabbit Farm Visit

Rabbit Farm Visit

On Monday 22 October the two Year 7/8 Ag classes visited Julie Page’s rabbit farm at Warooka. The class saw the rabbit breeding cycle, helped
Thank you

Thank you

Thank you to Caroline Roennfeldt for organising the cutting of our hay paddocks and Greg Allen for coming in and bailing. The hay will be
Ag Block Appreciation Afternoon

Ag Block Appreciation Afternoon

We had a little get together down the Ag Block on Wednesday: an ‘Appreciation Arvo’ to thank everybody who has had any input into helping
7/8 Egg Projects

7/8 Egg Projects

After a busy start to the year learning about Wool, Miss Townsend’s 7/8 class have moved their attention to Eggs in their Agriculture lessons for
11/12 Agricultural Studies: Led Steers and Dublin Livestock Exchange Visit

11/12 Agricultural Studies: Led Steers and Dublin Livestock Exchange Visit

Year 11/12 Ag have been feeding, weighing, washing and handling their steers Jabba from Allan Wilson from Minlaton and Teddy from Brett Graham from Winulta.
7/8T Wool Project

7/8T Wool Project

7/8 Townsend 8 spent their Ag lessons in Term 1 learning about wool. This involved theory about the wool industry, how to select a good
Year 6 Garden To Plate

Year 6 Garden To Plate

Miss Clift’s Year 6 Class have been collecting fruit and learning how to prepare delicious (and healthy) snacks and treats.
Tractor Licenses

Tractor Licenses

The Year 10 Agricultural Studies Class have all received their tractor licenses after working with local farmer Ben Eglinton.