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James Ruse Agricultural High School

James Ruse Agricultural High School

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Agriculture

Agriculture has formed the basis of James Ruse Agricultural High School for the many years of the school's existence. Since the early days of Carlingford Agricultural High School, the school has been at the forefront of Agricultural education in New South Wales. Agriculture is the raising of crops and animals to provide food, fibre and other raw materials needed by society. Agriculture is a critically important industry in Australia, providing food and materials for domestic consumption and also export revenue. It is the continuing teaching of Agriculture that is vital to the future of Australia and at James Ruse; students are challenged to learn about it in the living dynamic context of a farm where they have the opportunity to enhance their learning through a variety of learning styles. With the challenge to feed an ever-increasing world population and maintain and improve the environment in which we live, numerous exciting career opportunities are available in Agriculture. Agriculture is a compulsory, accelerated course for Years 7 to 10 and is optional for all students in Year 11.

As a subject, Agriculture is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding about the production and marketing of both animal and plant products. Students also develop the associated skills and responsible attitudes that are necessary to manage and market these products in a sustainable manner.

The Agricultural Syllabus has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction between the components of agriculture and the scientific principles that explain the processes that take place. Agriculture challenges students academically as well as providing them with a wide range of practical skills and an awareness of technologies associated with agriculture.

The primary function of the school farm is Agricultural education, providing a hands-on environment where students are able to observe and actively participate in its running. The farm is about ten hectares on the northern side of the school. The farm is arranged to include a vegetable growing area, a glasshouse, a hydroponics system and nursery, an orchard, an area for field crops and a livestock section. Study and practical work at the school are supplemented by frequent excursions to places of special agricultural interest. In addition to its academic aspects Agriculture provides urban students with a most satisfying contact with farm animals and the opportunity to grow their own crops.