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PIA Young Farmers
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PIA Grand Final

Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith —

First, Second and Third !!!!

The FMG Junior Young Farmer Aorangi Regional Final once again saw GHS top the country in having the most teams ever entered in the history of the competition and in a National first, the most teams qualifying for the final round.

GHS had the two favourite teams with Ben Chambers (2018 champion) teaming up with Taylor Bird, Jacob Price & Patrick Foley-Smith who were 3rd in 2018 just missing out on a place at Grand Final.

It was an early start for some of Geraldine’s 40 competitors, out of bed at 4am to meet the group heading to Oamaru. Students competed in pairs across 8 modules, which included NAIT tagging, digestive systems, stream aquatics, pipe assembly, tractor driving, soils, general knowledge quiz, and Chemical safety.

GHS teams quickly dominated the leader board, and after a few changes, we had the Primary Industry Academy (PIA) in 4 of the 5 top places heading into the final buzzer round. Once again, Ben Chambers proved to be cool under pressure, although Archie Chisholm was close behind with both boys astounding the crowd with their knowledge. All four teams did well and it was a nervous wait while the module scores were added to the buzzer round.

AND we did it … not only first but second, third and fifth! Geraldine completed the day with 12 teams in the top 20.

  • 1st - Jacob Price & Patrick Foley-Smith
  • 2nd - Ben Chambers & Taylor Bird
  • 3rd - Archie Chisholm & Jason Harford
  • 5th - Unya Squires & Gabby Parish

Geraldine is renowned for their incredible teenagers and the class has been inundated with messages congratulating us on having such wonderful, well-mannered ambassadors.

“I was judging the Teen Ag with my husband, in the chemical safety module, I really wanted to say, both my husband and I were so utterly impressed by all your students behaviour and respect to us and the other module hosts. It blew the socks off my husband, who works with young people in particular on a daily basis, many of which have no concept of respect or professionalism. You should be so proud of all your students, and please pass this on to them all.

Thank you again for supporting this great event, and for setting the most amazing standard for other students to follow.”

So now we are off to Napier for the Grand Final and study begins.