The Henry Lawson High School launched our Archibull project on the 12th June by hosting a Gala day, which provided workshops to help the Caragabal and Grenfell Public School students to understand the agricultural concepts they will be studying for their Archibull project.

The day started with an official welcome by Sarah  and Paige. This provided an opportunity to present the calves to the two primary schools from our region, who we are mentoring for the Archibull project.

Students from years 7-10 prepared workshops that included a brief Powerpoint, questions on their topic and an interactive activity. Each workshop had a 15 minute time allocation and the primary school students rotated around the 10 workshop stations.

The students were all very engaged in the workshops and they gained a lot of helpful information from each of the presentations, taking away a booklet with their answers to each of the workstations. This should help the Primary students with understanding the key research concepts for the Archibull competition. Each group of Primary School students had High school Team Leaders who gave them assistance throughout the day.

The students responded well to the interactive activities and the workshop presenters got a valuable insight into what it was like to be a teacher for a day.

The workshops which were presented included The challenges of farming, food security, biosecurity, Bettertarian and paddock to plate, Sustainability, Sustainable beef production, Sustainable wheat production, Sustainable wool production, Preparing for drought and Conservation farming. The students who presented were Veronica, Jessica C, Grace, Stirling , Hamish, Tom, Fletcher, Lucy, Marie, Kali, Hannah, Bridget, Sam, Jess, Isabelle, Abbey, Madison, Caitleen and Jade.

We were very fortunate to have Catie Guise from Kids Teaching Kids, Stephen Pereira from the Grenfell branch of the Local Land Services and Lorraine Rothwell from Lawson Hues South Suffolk Stud as our honorary guests.

For lunch we were treated to a delicious BBQ and then after lunch we had a powerpoint which showcased what the agriculture students at The Henry Lawson High School have achieved this year as part of their studies. The last session involved a tour of the school’s agriculture farm, including the vegetable gardens, stud South Suffolk sheep and lastly we had a large game of soccer.