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The Rockhampton Grammar School
Working Farm Showcases Science Behind "Paddock to Plate"
When students at The Rockhampton Grammar School learn about animal welfare and land management, it’s not through the pages of a textbook or video, it’s by getting their hands dirty on the school’s working farm.
The farm, which is located just a few kilometres from the Prep-Year 12 co-educational school, is home to sheep, beef cattle, chickens as well as crops including cotton, coffee, grains and citrus. Every one of the school’s 1350 students is exposed to the farm throughout their time at school, from their earliest lessons on the food pyramid and the lifecycle of animals and plants, to more specialised elective senior studies in agronomy, animal husbandry and farm management. The farm and the school’s onsite cafe allow it to demonstrate to students the science behind every step of the “paddock to plate” process.
Senior students at The Rockhampton Grammar School who study a Certification III in Agricultural, majoring in beef production, also have access to AgForce Queensland’s Belmont Research Station and its 1200-head of AgForce-managed cattle. With strong links to industry, senior students learn about a range of important issues including soil composition, feed nutrition and sustainability. Technological advancements are continuing to drive innovation in farm management, with past students from the school returning to showcase how they use technology, such as small robots and aerial observations, to undertake more effective land management.