After the success of Cornerstone over the past three years in the Cows Create Careers Program, it is back – and with it, some more delightful bovine friends.
Cornerstone Christian College was the state winner of this initiative of Dairy Australia in 2009 and then again in 2011. In both cases, this result saw three students travelling interstate for their chance to win the Mooín Transfer. Whilst the teams didn’t win the National Award, both performed well, and have inspired this new team of students to repeat Cornerstone’s success again in 2012.
The two small calves have been loaned to the school for three weeks to provide students with a rare hands-on experience, which will provided a number of unique learning opportunities.
The Cows Create Careers Project is run by Western Dairy and Dairy Australia in conjunction with the staff at Cornerstone to increase the profile of dairy, as a career and education opportunity.
Year 7 teacher, Mrs Jill Wright said; ‘We want to teach kids that they don’t have to be brought up on a dairy farm to work in the dairy industry.’
Local farmers and a local dairy industry professional, such as a vet, a dairy company field officer, an agronomist or a cheese maker, will be some of the industry professionals to work with students, to teach them about different aspects of the dairy industry.
Mrs Wright said this will include a wide range of practical and professional career pathways, such as agricultural science, agronomy, dairy farming, nutrition, finance, and manufacturing.
A representative from Harvey Fresh has already been on site, showcasing equipment used on cattle by veterinarians.
In teams, students will present a data-show and produce a research poster that showcases their experiences and what they have learned. They also write a thank you letter to their farmer and industry representatives and create a newsletter as part of the school curriculum. A final presentation and awards ceremony concludes the Cows Create Careers experience in school. This will be held later in the year once the results are known.
Bronnen Lucas, Natalia DeLuca & Breeanna Forestier were the most recent ’dream team’, and headed to Phillip Island earlier this year, to make the presentation of Western Australia’s entry in the Mooin’ Transfer.
They, with their classmates, produced an advertisement that was shown at the National Dairy Industry Conference. The students creatively considered how best to capture the attention of the audience, and went with a theme of ‘the look’.
College co-ordinator and teacher, Mrs Jill Wright is delighted with the recognition the students have received.
We anticipate great things again in 2012.