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News from PIEF

The Primary Industry Education Foundation Newsletter is always chock full of great information and the October issue is no exception! I’ve picked out two stories to include here but please follow this link to read the whole newsletter including education opportunities for teachers, professional development, industry news and more.


NEW! Expressions of Interest – Primezone Partner Schools 2015

The Federal Department of Education has partnered with the Primary Industries Education Foundation to implement the program ‘Agriculture in Education’. One of the key elements of this program is the appointment of 13 ‘Primezone Partner Schools’  (2 in WA, SA, Vic, NSW, Qld and 1 in each of ACT and the NT) to operate as centres of excellence to support Food and Fibre Education broadly and the Agriculture in Education program specifically.

PIEF is calling for expressions of interest from schools and their communities to be part of this trial of Primezone Partner schools.

In addition to the responses to the selection criteria, final decisions will be made to ensure there is an equitable spread of schools from urban/regional/rural locations as well as from primary and secondary schools.

Expressions of interest open on Friday the 31st of October and close on Friday the 21st of November 2014. Schools will be appointed ‘Primezone Partner Schools’ for the duration of the 2015 school year.

Community rallies around Coonamble High School agriculture

Ten years ago, Coonamble High School had between 5 – 6 students studying agriculture. This number has swelled to around 70 students in recent years. The demand made agriculture teacher, Adam Macrae realise the school needed to increase the activities available to students. Working with Council and the local community, the school has access to dilapidated cattle yards which in their current state can only be used as holding yards. With a grant from the RAS Foundation to buy a fully equipped, modern trailer with the tools for undertaking the job, Coonamble High School students are helping to replace the yards. Project Mentor, Harry Andrews from DHA Welding, says the benefit of the trailer is that students are undertaking the work with the same tools and equipment used by industry, meaning they are safer and the students are gaining skills that will make them job ready when they leave school. To learn more, you can watch this VIDEO made by the school which outlines the project.