PIA students help out at Young Farmer Competition in Timaru by Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

Primary Industry News

Both classes worked at organising and running the Young Farmer Agrikids and TeenAg competition in the last week of term 2.  Students spent 2 days setting up, running, judging and cleaning up after the practical day and awards evening. It involved 5 am starts and hard-work n cold and wet conditions! This was valuable experience both in running a national event and also in gaining competition experience. The message below sums up the many comments I received on the day from parents, spectators and competitors:

'I just have a message to you and your amazing students for all the hard work they put in last week and over the weekend.'

'I truly cannot thank you all enough for giving up your time to come a long and be a part of the AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg Grand Final. Your students are absolutely amazing and their work ethic and maturity was extremely surprising!'

I have no idea how I would have made the weekend happen without all of your students.'

'All of your students have an extremely bright future and we are very lucky to have them a part of our organisation and I hope they stay on with Young Farmers once they leave school as they are the type of people we need in the industry.'

'Thank you again so much for all of your help and I will ensure I pass on to the next person that steps into my role that you are there and to utilise your team in the future if you are happy to still be involved.'

The Grand Final is in the North Island in 2017 and our Regional Final will probably be in ear;y February.  We will call for teams early in Term 3.

Highlights of the days were being chef’s assistants for Al Brown, learning how to run and judge events, being a first aid victim, being first responders in a real life first aid event and working closely with industry leaders.

Our Primary Industry students were all excellent role models and showed GHS at its very best.