As part of the curriculum St Colmcille’s HS, Crossgar are offering GCSE Agriculture and Land Use, the course is made up of theory, scientific practical investigations and daily operations of a farm.
The GCSE group have visited the Balmoral Show in Lisburn for the past two years running. This year some pupils took the lead and decided they would like to visit the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
The pupils who are studying the GCSE are mainly from a rural or farming background therefore teaching the subject is a pleasure due to the passion and motivation to learn more about farming.
The course content enters into many cross curricular areas mainly being scientific, numeracy and literacy.
The Highland Show had so much to offer the students in areas such as breeding and stock judging, farming technologies, food production and processing, farm diversification and harvesting methods.
The group have completed their tests for this academic year and visited the show on Friday 19th June 15.
This trip taught some of the student’s skills for life as they have now experienced flying and how to be independent as some of these students will be leaving St Colmcille’s HS this year.
Pupil Katrina Killen said: “I enjoyed my day out at the Royal Highland Show 2015 it was a good entertaining, learning process that connected us with the animals, farm technologies and many other learning points from the year.”