For those families who have not experienced one of our Agriculture Days, we would like to give you a bit of 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. In 2018 we are trialling a new format for Ag Day, with a half day for students on Friday 26th 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 27th 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 2018. 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. Additionally, children (over 10 years of age) can train their pet dog for the canine competition. Hand reared chickens, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, chickens, fish and mice all add to the excitement.
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 part of. Our industrious PTA does a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work which adds to this special annual event.
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.
Attendance at Ag Day / Bus Travel
Agriculture Day is designated as an official school day and attendance is expected. Buses will still operate on Friday as normal for the morning runs; however buses will leave school at 12.30pm on Friday 26th October, apart from the Ararimu Valley Road bus which will depart at the usual time.
Contacts for Obtaining Pets
Chicken Diary Notes and Order Form
Animal Judges Information
McGlashan Lamb Husbandry Diary/Project
Vujcich Goat Husbandry Diary/Project
Registration Form Lambs
Registration Form Goats
Registration Form Dogs
Registration Form Cats
Ag Day Info Book 2018