Our Specialist Agriculture Program is aimed at academically capable children with a keen interest in agriculture and the biological sciences. If your child is enthusiastic and motivated, preferably with some experience in animal care or plant production, and/or interest in the environmental and biological sciences they are encouraged to apply.
Within the program, children are enabled to develop practical skills relevant to plant and animal enterprises while extending their understanding of the concepts underpinning food and fibre production in modern Australia. An accelerated agriculture curriculum is followed from Years 7 – 10.
Students have access to a full range of facilities and staff expertise within the Agriculture Faculty.
- Year 7 students will learn about the history of agriculture / farming, sustainability in farming and Landcare.
- Year 8 students study the processes for the egg, chicken and dairy industries and learn small animal (goat) handling.
- Year 9 students study the processes for cropping (grains) and the alpaca and wool industries together with alpaca handling.
- Year 10 students learn about the production processes for the cattle and sheep industries and large animal (cattle) handling.
Literacy and numeracy teaching and learning activities are incorporated into aspects of the program to support Department of Education WA and School priorities. Occupational Health & Safety modules are an intrinsic part of the teaching program for all year groups.
Specialist Agriculture students have access to a wide variety of livestock, machinery and seasonal activities based at the school’s two farm sites. Practical activities are designed to give students a hands-on experience. Students will enjoy a number of industry related excursions to agricultural workshops.
The Kelmscott Senior High School Agriculture Faculty enjoys good working relationships with Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia which brings about significant advantages including access to the universities, their staff and resources.
Specialist Agriculture students have the opportunity to compete in industry related activities such as Cattle Handlers’ Camp and the Led Steer Competition at the Perth Royal Agricultural Show.