CALVARY AG TEAM
Calvary JAG is a unique co-curricular activity for students in Years 2 to 6 who meet on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 7:45am. Students learn about the importance of food and fibre production as well as basic animal husbandry and farm biosecurity.
JAG is a hands-on opportunity for students to put their learned skills and knowledge into action as they feed our animals and work in the vegetable garden. Special guests are invited to speak to the students to help further their agricultural knowledge.
Our farm is home to sheep, alpaca, angora goats and chickens. Students who participate in JAG learn about breed characteristics for all of these animals as well as how to handle and maintain them. Members of our College Show Team mentor the younger students, sharing their knowledge.
The students' favourite time at JAG is when they get to meet and interact with the new season lambs each Spring. They watch the lambs grow and change across the term and lamb cuddles are high on the 'must do' list.
Harvest time in the gardens is also a highlight when students pick and sample the fresh produce. This is a reward for their hard work in planting, weeding and watering the seeds and watching them grow from germination to harvest. Healthy eating is discussed as well as soil preparation and safe pest control.
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CALVARY SHOW TEAM
At Calvary Christian College any student in Years 7 – 12 has the opportunity to join the College’s Livestock Show Team. The team exhibits sheep from the College’s Suffolk stud (established in 1998) as well as alpacas and angora goats at a wide variety of shows around SE Queensland. In a typical year students attend Pittsworth, Warwick, Marburg, Gatton, Mt Gravatt Shows as well as the Royal Brisbane show, (EKKA).
At each show, students parade our livestock against those from other schools as well as some from established breeders. The animals are judged on their overall appearance and quality. Much of this, however, is down to a student’s ability to ‘show off’ the animal correctly and as such, students take great pride in grooming and presenting our livestock. Students also have the opportunity to compete in Young Judges and Young Handlers competitions at many of these shows. In these competitions, students compete against other young people to test their abilities as both judges and handlers of various livestock.
Some of the highlights from recent showing seasons have included:
Several students qualifying for the Young Judges State Championship
Students qualifying for National Young Judges Competitions in Dairy Cattle and Alpaca Judging
Awarded the Samantha McConnell-Green Memorial Trophy for the Most Successful School Exhibitor at Toowoomba Royal Show
Reserve Champion Ram at Gatton Show
Reserve Champion Ewe at Mt Gravatt Show
Winner of the 2018 Ekka Schools Tidy Pens Competition for not only keeping our area clean but also for our exceptional public engagement skills.
Back at school, members of the team meet every week to hone their skills and prepare our animals for showing. These lunch time meetings can include a variety of activities such as:
Weighing the sheep to monitor growth and assess feed requirements
Show preparation including halter training, brushing and clipping
Husbandry tasks such as drenching, hoof trimming and shearing
Skills sessions on judging and handling sheep in the show ring
Being involved in the Livestock Show Team develops students' ability to work with and handle animals. It also provides them with a unique opportunity to build a variety of valuable life skills including responsibility, confidence and personal presentation. They develop strong communication skills and learn both patience and persistence in a practical, experiential way. Many of the students involved also choose to study Agricultural Science as one of their subjects which complements and extends their learning in Show Team.
This distinctive combination of Agricultural offerings to students at Calvary Christian College opens up a number of pathways for further study, employment and personal development. All the while the program provides students with fun and a different way to meet new people, get active and explore the world beyond the classroom.
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