by Sarah Foley-Smith

Four Peaks Transport Primary Industry Academy

The myth is now officially legend! PIA has been named the Top School in New Zealand by Primary ITO based on student outcomes, achievement and retention. Go us!

The action has continued for PIA this term. Level 1 did a fabulous job of replacing the Kennedy Park Entrance fence, removing the barbed wire and anchoring the fence with some pretty impressive knots. With the help of Tear 9 Ag the gardens have been re-graveled, a huge thank you to Hobbs & Banks for supplying the shingle for us. Soil testing has also been carried out at the Arundel Stud Farm with Ballance Fertilisers Kyle Wills taking us in hand and providing the class with valuable soils knowledge that will help them when they head out on farm next year.

Year 12/13 completed their on farm placements. It has been a messy year with Covid interruptions and our farmers have been incredibly patient with our students in the ever changing environment. This year we went a little different in our thank you gifts branching out into branded tea towels, coffee mugs, face masks and Famous Barries Honey which seemed to have all gone down a treat. Our usual Prize Giving Celebration, like everything else, was cancelled so it was a bbq and ceremony here at school for students only.

PIA Prize Winners 2021

Four Peaks Transport First in Class

  • Level 1 Quinn Foley-Smith
  • Level 2 Makayla Mallard
  • Level 3 Gabrielle Parish

Port Blakely Most Improved Student

  • Level 1 Lexie McCully and Anna Barrie (Runner Up Reon Lundie)
  • Level 2 Logan Sowden

Smith’s Seed Potatoes Up and Coming Student

  • Scott Robertson

Barries Honey: Best Attitude

  • Caleb Shaw
  • Ethan Grant

High Street Stitch & Print Most Valuable Student

  • Gus McKeown

PGG Wrightsons Best Practical Student

  • Grady Hopkirk

Ed Body Contractors Trophy: Fencing

  • Quinn Foley-Smith

AgriLearn Trophy

  • Kieran Chisholm

Rangitata Dairies Most Dedicated Student

  • Robert Furrer

Year 10 PIA (2022 year 11 class) have been introduced to fudge and choccy milk via homekill and tree planting. Home kill courtesy of Farm Fresh Meats saw 2 beasts knocked over and the Belted Galloway skin sent down to Invercargill for processing into a rug. The trees were slightly more of a challenge with flax planting at Alister Holmes followed by riparian planting at Worners. Meeting the pet pig was a definite highlight. Our students also helped run the Year 6 Taster Day last week and we received fabulous feedback letting us know how approachable, well mannered, obliging and professional our students were. Top effort team.

Our logs have arrived via Port Blakely for our Chainsaw courses next year. We will have some wood split and ready for sale mid February (stored well it should be ready for Winter) plus we have dry Poplar at the moment (delivered in February, although can be self loaded if needed earlier) all enquiries s.foley@geraldinehs.school.nz

Our hugely successful course could not function without our generous sponsors. Thank you so much for all your support this year.

Sponsors 2021:

  • Four Peaks Transport
  • Port Blakely
  • Barries Honey
  • Smiths Potatoes
  • Agri Learn
  • High Street Stitch and Print
  • PGG Wrightsons
  • Ilu Day Spa
  • Rangitata Dairies
  • Matt Casey Windrowing
  • Ed Body Fencing
  • Anzco Foods
  • Waratah
  • Strainrite Fencing Solutions
  • Fonterra
  • Peter Young apparel
  • Geraldine butchery
  • Geraldine ITM