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Archibull Prize encourages study of agriculture

The Archibull Prize has been instrumental in Cowra’s St Raphael’s Catholic School offering agriculture as a subject to students from 2018.

Cowra, in central NSW, is home to a wide range of agricultural activities from livestock and cereals to a flourishing viticulture trade but the uptake and understanding of these primary industries by school students in the town is limited.

St Raphael’s Catholic School aims to change this by putting agriculture into context and encouraging research into the careers on offer. In order to achieve this they are participating in the 2017 Archibull Prize and as a result will be offering agriculture as a subject from 2018.

The Archibull Prize has been an innovative program in Australian primary and secondary schools since 2010, designed to foster communication between students and farmers through the decoration of a life-sized fibreglass cow, known as an Archie. Schools are partnered with Young Farming Champions, sponsored by industry and encouraged to interact with agricultural communities.

“The Archibull Prize is the latest in a series of projects undertaken by the school around topics of caring for our common home,” St Raphael’s Principal Michael Gallagher said.

Students Cowra’s St Raphael’s Catholic School with their Archie and Young Farming Champion Marlee Langfield

“The participation of local indigenous men in the story telling and smoking ceremony taught us about respect. The generosity of the local Young Farming Champions, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Grain Growers and the DPI has enabled us to establish long-lasting partnerships as part of our connectivity. The expertise and hospitality of the agricultural community has been generously shared as they embrace our young people. Our curriculum is now absolutely primed to launch into Agriculture Studies at Stage 4 in 2018 and grow it through to Stage 6 in coming years.”

St Raphael’s Archie “Sow-phi” and her interpretation of the Australian grains industry are looking forward to the announcement of finalists for the 2017 Archibull Awards Ceremony - to be held in Sydney on November 21, coinciding with Australia’s inaugural National Agriculture Day.

Participating schools are in the running for cash prizes for Best Artwork, Best Blog, Best Multimedia Presentation and Best Infographic, as well as the coveted title of 2017 Grand Champion Archibull. “Whatever happens with our progress through The Archibull Prize, our students and our community have already had a win,” Mr Gallagher said.

The Archibull Prize iis an innovative hands on program that sees urban and rural schools research an agricultural industry and express their findings through artwork
Art4Agriculture is a network of young people who share a passion to tell others about the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding the world.

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