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.
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..