Agriculture has a strong history at the College and we encourage students from all backgrounds to get involved. The College Farm is set on approximately 40 hectares on Campus. We run a Limousin Stud and an Australian White Stud as well as 30 first cross ewes which are joined to a Poll Dorset ram to produce prime lambs. We have a small feedlot where around 20-25 steers are prepared annually for the Sydney Royal Easter Show ‘Hoof and Hook’ Competition and the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza in Scone. The farm also allows students to be involved in our cropping program which we use to fill our winter feed gap and to finish off our lambs and calves. Students learn tractor driving skills on our fully enclosed and air-conditioned Kubota tractor.
We have a comprehensive Agricultural program where students begin their Agriculture journey via the Food and Fibre stream of Technology Mandatory in Stage 4. During this course they study Poultry and Vegetable Gardens, and are involved in the ‘Cows create Careers’ program. They can then elect to study Stage 5 Agriculture Technology in Years 9 and 10 where they examine a variety of agricultural industries, both plant and animal, and includes both intensive and extensive production systems.
During Year 9 our students complete the following topics:
- Introduction to Agriculture
- Sheep Production
- Pasture Production
During Year 10 our students complete the following topics:
- Beef Cattle Production
- Intensive Animal Production
Agriculture and Primary Industries is also offered for our Stage 6 students.
Primary Industries is a VET (Vocational Education and Training) course that will provide an entry-level qualification for employment in the Agriculture industry. It leads to a nationally recognised AQF qualification (AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture) and enables individuals to select a livestock or cropping context as a job focus or, in the case of a mixed farming enterprises, both.
This course would suit students who are interested in agriculture based occupations such as an assistant animal attendant, stockperson, farm or station hand/worker/labourer.
Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to a Certificate III in Agriculture.
Our innovative and proactive Agriculture Program offers students many opportunities to build skills and enjoy a hands-on connection to the land, animals and farm at Scots All Saints College. Many students go on to study Agriculture at Tertiary level.