Leonardo De Beefy
Steak and Veges
Leonardo De Beefy
Steak and Veges
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Many students in Year 8 created their own miniature blog discussing National Tree Day and the importance of not wasting food. It is good to see our younger generations involved in matters that affect the environment.
Students in Year 10 had to research and present a Science assignment based on their initial research of the Cotton industry. Students had to create an informative power-point of at least 20 slides, which offered a discerning personal perspective on the industry. The presentation had to appeal to their peers in Year 11 who will also be researching and submitting reports upon the industry as part of their curriculum assessment task.
Young Farming Champion Martin Murray visited All Souls St Gabriels School this week and was involved in relevant Agriculture and Art lessons, as well as extra-curricular activities, including “Less Talk More Art” and Cattle Club. Martin also shared his own experiences and gave students an insight into key sustainability messages and career opportunities in relation to the Cotton industry. Martin’s visit added a real world element to this project and will no doubt assist us with the future development of our blog and artwork. Thank you Martin for your time and knowledge!
Name: Martin Murray
Background: grew up on a rice and sheep place near Griffith. At age 10 moved to Moree.
Work experience: When he was 16 Martin started working on a cotton farm during his school holidays and university breaks. In 2012 he worked as a jackeroo on Humbert River Station in the NT and for the last two years he’s been at university at UNE in Armidale studying Agriculture. He is now in his first year talking to schools for “Art4Agriculture”.
“I’m a young Aussie farmer, student, pilot, adventurer, blogger and tweeter who’s always looking for the next adventure and experience. Check out my blog at www.thefarminggame.me“
Two of our prominent seniors, Jimmy Flanagan and Maddison Maluga, have been chosen to represent All Souls St Gabriels regarding the Archibull Prize in 2014. Recently, we sat down with them and asked about why they wanted to be involved in a grand opportunity such as this one.
|Where are you from?||Richmond|
|Education:||Australian Agricultural College, Cert I in Rural OperationsCurrently year 12 student at All Souls St GabrielsAlso pursuing Cert II in Rural Fire Operations
I hope to get into a Bachelor of Educational Science at JCU next year
|What does agriculture mean to you?||Agriculture is closely linked to Science which is an area that I’m really interested in. We’re currently looking at photosynthesis and how it effects the growth of plants. Agriculture provided a way of living for my family when we were growing up. I enjoyed living in a rural area and I hope to return to the bush when I finish my teaching degree.|
|Have you had anything to do with the cotton industry previously?||When I was younger, I use to go to work with Dad on a cattle and cotton farm 15 minutes outside Richmond called Silver Hills. My Dad assisted mainly with the cattle but I also got to see how the crops were irrigated and picked.|
|How will the Archibull Prize affect All Souls St Gabriels School?||It will open student’s eyes to the wide range of possibilities within the agricultural industry. I know there is also a large fibreglass bull coming to the school and I can’t wait to see it!|
|Where are you from?||Originally from Forsayth and now living in Charters Towers|
|Education:||Currently completing Year 12 at All Souls St Gabriels School. Qualified for a white card in Building and Construction. When I leave school I’m going to begin an apprenticeship in Boilermaking.|
|What does agriculture mean to you?||It’s my life. I’ve grown up around horses and cattle all my life. I forsee myself living in a rural area for the remainder of my life. I love the freedom and the working and lifestyle opportunities regional areas have to offer. To be honest I couldn’t stay beyond three days in Townsville and so the prospect of living in isolation on a property outside Charters Towers would be my ideal location.|
|Have you had anything to do with the cotton industry previously?||I have had some experience with the cotton industry previously. I was a part of a cotton transport company down south for about a year. One of the problems we came across was the amount of cotton that was lost on the side of the road while being transported. I remember seeing piles of cotton on the side of the road during picking season.|
|How will the Archibull Prize affect All Souls St Gabriels School?||The Archibull prize will allow the school and students to reach out into an area of agriculture that most of them aren’t familiar with since most of us have experience with cattle. I myself prefer working with stock but I am aware of how the cotton industry contributes to our economy. I would say that up here the sugar cane industry is more widely recognised than cotton; however cotton and cattle greatly contribute to Australia’s current export industry.|