Rockhampton Grammar School headmaster Dr Phillips Moulds said the agriculture program the school offers is structured so that students get a broad understanding of what the agricultural space provides.At the Emerald Grow Queensland Forum, Rockhampton Grammar School headmaster Dr Phillips Moulds detailedthe schoolsagriculture program which is proving to be highly successful.
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He said theprogramis structured so that students get abroad understanding of what the agricultural space provides, because there are lots of different areas they can enter and be successful in.

The school runs the course in partnership with AgForce, who own Belmont Station situated near Rockhampton, and the students in the Certificate III in Agriculture program go out there two days a week.

“The reason why Belmont is really important is that rather than doing agricultural science in a hobby space in town, they’re out on a real working property, doing things on ameaningful scale and learning things in that setting that they can take back to their family farms,” he said.

He said students learning a variety of skills at Belmont involving flood mitigation, breeding programs, workplace health and safety practices, how to erect a fence, earth moving, and transporting livestock between properties just to name a few.

“The courseprovides the bredth of scope and depth necessaryso that students understand the important facets within agriculture regarding the business side of thingsand the skills required, but also an understanding of the attitudes and behaviours that they need to have to succeed.

“Its not just about equipment andstock, it’s about beingpersistent, and being able to understand that they may learn something, and then in three years time have to learn something different in that same area, because the technology has changed.”

Dr Moulds said the partnership withAgForceis in placefor another five years from 2016, and is something he wants to seecontinue to develop and grow.

“I’d like to see arural leaders initiativegrow out of the program where we would get kids from throughout Queensland coming together to discuss leadership ideas not just around agricultural science but also rural communities as they’re going through school to prepare them for the future.

“It’s a great model where you have a peak industry body and an educational institution working together to develop our kids agricultural employment prospects and giving them a certificate that is recognised Australia-wide.”

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