Agricultural Science is an integral part of the Science curriculum.
A very hands-on subject, it provides opportunities for students of all ages to participate in a variety of projects at the 14 hectare on-site farm, including:
- Cattle handling and show preparation
- Beef, sheep and chicken feed trials
- Beekeeping and honey extraction
- Low input vegetables
- Crop production
- Rotation and pasture management
- Egg production
- Citrus and olive orchard management
Senior students may choose to obtain a Certificate II in Rural Operations or undertake Agricultural Science subjects to contribute to an OP score.
Downlands is a proud partner and a Gateway School to Agribusiness which aims to help young people make a successful transition from school into further education and/or employment. The project encourages partnerships between schools, training (VET), universities and industry to provide career opportunities for young people.
The program provides opportunities for students and school communities to engage in the diverse range of careers across businesses based on primary industries. Students are able to gain valuable experience in the industry while still at school, providing them with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about training and employment upon leaving school, by raising the profile of careers in the Agribusiness sector.