PIA News by Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

PIA News

PIA were impressed, but not surprised that they were acknowledged in the last newsletter as being the inspiration behind Outdoor Education. Unfortunately Mr T’s shed superiority has been short lived with the opening this week of the SECOND PIA shed. After unlocking PIA Shed 1 we can wave to Outdoor Ed on our way to unlocking PIA Shed 2! Huge thanks to Ed Body Fencing for the donation of our container, which will house the class fencing gear. A large part of the success of our course is due to the fantastic local support we receive which has enabled us to grow in both equipment, student numbers and success.

The holidays seem like they were such a long time ago!!. The PIA classes have completed 2 days of AgriLearn courses - Fencing, Water Supply, Level 2 Fencing and Chainsaws. We have had our parent evening, First Aid & Health & Safety courses. Mrs F-S has visited all the farmers (16) for placement for the Level 2 students, which begins over the next couple of weeks. Once again, we have an incredible team of farmers behind us and cover Dairy, Sheep, Beef & Deer spread from Mt Hutt to Peel Forest, Woodbury and Pleasant Point. Already the feedback is flowing in

“Had his first day with us today, and I wanted to let you know I couldn’t be more impressed. He is polite, well mannered and is a self-starter. He represents the school, and the PIA program to a great standard. A couple of times I had to shake my head and remember that he hasn’t grown up on a farm! He is a top fellow, and we look forward to seeing him grow during his time with us”

Currently students are applying to be part of the Grand Final support crew, preparing for a visit from Taieri High School and the Temuka/ Geraldine A & P Show.