For those families who have not experienced one of our Agriculture Days, we would like to give you a bit of the history behind this special school day. You may have noticed when you come through the school foyer a cabinet full of trophies – the oldest Ag Day trophy dates back to 1960 – the L McIntosh trophy for ‘Best Cared for Lamb’ - through to our most recent addition in 2013.
Agriculture Day is held each year at the beginning of term 4. We have a half day for students on Friday 18th October - all the classroom exhibits will be made in the morning, then students will leave at lunchtime and the teachers will judge their work in the afternoon. The school will then re-open on Saturday 19th October for the morning for parent and family viewing of the classrooms, all the animal competitions, along with food and coffee stalls, raffles and activities for the children. Prize giving for the animal trophies will take place at the animal rings on the day of the competition and the rest of the prize winners will be announced at an assembly the following week.
Children have the option of bringing hand reared lambs and goats to compete in the animal rings. Further to advice from the Ministry of Primary Industries about the dangers of Mycoplasma Bovis there will be no calf-raising competition in 2019. The ribbon winners for the lambs and goats are eligible to enter the Kaipara Schools’ Group Day, where they compete with their pets against children from other schools in the region.
We also have hand-reared chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, fish and mice which all add to the excitement. Children (over 10 years of age) can compete with their pet dog for the canine competition.
Let’s not forget our ‘Young Farmer of the Year Competition’ - watch our Year 7 & 8s battle it out with tasks such as: move bales of hay, load a trailer, complete a quiz of farming related questions as well as tie knots, hammer nails, saw wood and ‘milk a cow’.
Agriculture Day is a delightful family day to celebrate the wonderful school and community we are all a part of. Our industrious PTA does a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work which adds to this special annual event.
Calendar/Card/Diary Orders Traditionally students create a design that can be made into a calendar, a pack of cards or a diary. These designs are on display at Ag Day for parents/grandparents to view, with order forms sent home prior to Ag Day. They make wonderful Christmas or Birthday gifts.