Months of preparation will all pay off when students from Skillset Senior College present sheep and cattle for the first time at the 2018 Royal Bathurst Show.

This weekend, students from the Skillset Senior College Agriculture team will be showing three Corriedale Sheep and a Hereford Steer at the Royal Bathurst Show. Skillset Education Manager Abbey Barrett commented on the immense value of running the agriculture program, “Agriculture is offered to all senior students at Skillset Senior College and it’s been incredible to watch the difference the agriculture department has made. The animals have provided a means for the students to build confidence and nurture positive relationships. It has also provided career ambitions with many students wanting to pursue further study and employment in Agriculture after they complete their HSC.”

Students across Years 10, 11 and 12 have access to a dedicated Agriculture area on school grounds. The area includes sheep yards, cattle yards and chicken pens with expansion of the area set to continue. Skillset Senior College Agriculture students, Lilian Nairne and Jacob Collins said they enjoyed being a part of the team and working with the animals. “The school is a great, supportive community to be a part of. Everyone who is a part of the team are dedicated to caring for the animals with many of the students volunteering their time during school holidays and weekends.”

Entering animals into the show would not have been possible if it wasn’t for generous donations from local businesses. Skillset Senior College would like to thank Mark Mason from Ceres Agriculture Company for donating a Hereford steer, and Rick Hoolihan from Rydal for donating three Corriedale stud sheep. Skillset Senior College Agriculture Prac Teacher Tyler Majchrzak, who is visiting from the University of Kentucky, commented on how agriculture had provided a positive impact on the students. “Students are given the opportunity to work with the animals and gain practical experience where they can get in and get their hands dirty in a learning environment.

Good luck to the Agriculture team!