Agricultural Studies

Driven by a robust Agriculture Development Plan, St Pauls College specialises in agricultural studies enriched by a 92ha demonstration farm. Our agriculture curriculum provides pathways and opportunities for students who wish to equip themselves for a wide range of careers within the farming sector – whether working or managing a farm, accessing post-secondary study, or training that leads to careers such as marketing, agronomy, veterinary science, or agricultural research.

The agricultural courses, programs and activities offered to our students are designed to be comprehensive, industry relevant and gratifying. Theoretical learning is supported by practical activities on the College’s demonstration farm used for livestock, cropping, and pasture production.

The White Suffolk Stud provides experiences in the production of sheep and wool; the preparation and showing of sheep; and the techniques of modern studwork. Our students have enjoyed the many successes of our White Suffolk Stud at a wide variety of sheep shows, including the Royal Melbourne Show.

Recently we have also introduced a unique agricultural learning program for our Year 7 students that is focussed on regenerative farming.

St Paul's College boasts a supportive local and interstate network of varied agricultural sectors such as farmers, agribusiness, veterinarians, agricultural scientists, agronomists, and livestock agents. Our students are exposed to many aspects of leading-edge technology through a variety of activities.

An overview of the content for agricultural studies:

Year 8 Agricultural Technology (compulsory for all students)

  • Introduction to plant production
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Poultry production
  • Introduction to livestock
  • Farm safety

Years 9 & 10 Agriculture (an elective study)

  • Sheep and cattle production
  • Prime lamb, merino and beef production
  • Winter crop production
  • Alternative agriculture enterprises
  • Landcare and land management

Years 11 & 12 Agriculture (an elective study)

  • Comprehensive farm case study
  • Comprehensive focus on an agricultural product (lamb)
  • Livestock
  • Plant production
  • Agri-food, fibre and fuel technologies

Years 11 & 12 Primary Industries (an elective study)

A practically based course with an emphasis on:

  • Tractor driving
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Farm Chemical Users Certificate
  • First aid
  • Livestock handling
  • Fencing
  • Crop management

 

Further opportunities exist for students to complete agriculturally-related courses (through TAFE) in a variety of short course such as small engines, chainsaw use, fire fighting and wool classing.