Kinrosss Wolaroi School launches agribusiness program called TREE

HANDS ON: Kinross Wolaroi School student Harriet O'Brien with Adagio Mill owner Nadine Hulme at the mill where she's been doing a work placement. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
HANDS ON: Kinross Wolaroi School student Harriet O'Brien with Adagio Mill owner Nadine Hulme at the mill where she's been doing a work placement. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Agribusiness concepts have been included in mainstream subjects such as maths and English at Kinross Wolaroi School this year as part of a pilot program.

Following success of the pilot, the school will launch the program known as The Regional Engagement Enterprise (TREE) on Friday night.

The goal of the program is to show what regional opportunities are available for students when they leave school.

TREE director Tom Riley said he started in January and the program embraces the schools agricultural roots and background of many of its students, while preparing them for the future.

He said it was also about working with agribusinesses and five students are participating in workplace internships.

A farmer’s market team will operate next year covering from growth to marketing, and this year students took part in butchery and made sausages, bacon and hams from the school’s pigs.

“It’s for all students … there will be projects in individual subjects,” Mr Riley said.

“The school wanted to provide a curriculum where we use our really strong community to provide some quality opportunities to as many students as possible.”

He said it could be incorporated into maths by looking at fencing costings, growth analytics or using the creation of two-stroke fuel in lessons on fractions.

“The school has always had a rich history in agriculture, the school owns four farms out near Blayney, it previously had an angus stud and a short horn stud,” Mr Riley said.