Hunter River and Medowie Christian Schools welcome Calves program into their schools

Calves are joining the school for a learning experience.
Calves are joining the school for a learning experience.


EXCITED secondary students in two Port Stephens Schools, and twelve others across the Hunter Valley region, are preparing to welcome some special visitors to their school.

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Through Dairy Australia’s Cows Create Careers – Farm Module project, students at Medowie Christian School and Hunter River High School. will learn about dairy industry careers in a very hands-on way.

Over three-weeks they will rear and care for two three-week-old calves.

A local dairy farmer will teach the students how to care for the calves, and demonstrate skills such as animal husbandry, feeding and weighing.

An Industry Advocate will also visit the students to speak about their career in the dairy industry.

Each school is provided with dairy industry curriculum for years 7-11, at no cost.

Over the three-weeks, students are required to form teams to complete industry-based assessments.

Sally Roberts, Program Manager of Workforce Development at Dairy Australia said that the innovative project shines a light on the diversity of professional careers within Australia’s vibrant dairy industry.

“Cows Create Careers allows students to learn about the different skills required for a career in the dairy industry in a fun and hands-on way,” Ms Roberts said.

“However the benefits of Cows Create Careers extends beyond the classroom. The project increases awareness of the dairy industry and builds strong connections with the local community, all while showcasing the wide-range of university, vocational and professional pathways within the industry.”

Cows Create Careers was originally established in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria and nine Gippsland schools.

Since 2006 the project has been supported by Dairy Australia, Regional Development Programs, dairy farmers and sponsors. It has now grown to over 244 schools across Australia with 13,163 students completing the project in 2017.

Upon completion of the project, students and teachers will be recognised at an interactive Presentation Day, where there will be industry-based games and prizes awarded to the winning teams and schools.

The Presentation Day for the Hunter Valley region will be held on Monday 25 June 2018 in Patterson.

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