Lucindale Area School students busy with exciting projects

Lucindale Area School staff and students are taking a well-deserved break after a jam-packed term two.

Students of all ages have been enjoying a wide range of fun and educational initiatives as part of their learning at the agriculturally-focused school.

Home economics

A small group of students led by Lucindale Area School teacher Lucinda Raedel put their culinary skills to the test in the last week of term by cooking up a tasty lunch for the staff cohort.

Local teens Chloe Ryan, Abby Burdett and Jordan Dupree whipped up the three-course luncheon for teachers as part of their stage two food and hospitality subject and raised money for Cancer Council SA at the same time.

All made from scratch, the students made Thai yellow chicken curry with potatoes, roast vegetables and buckwheat, beef and soba noodle salad with soy chilli, passionfruit yogurt millefeuille and chocolate hazelnut tart.

Outdoor education

Lucindale Area School have recently purchased a number of kayaks and canoes for students to use while on outdoor ed camps at the Glenelg River and Murray River.

Outdoor ed teacher Andy Van der Stelt said it was fantastic that the school had invested in the new equipment.

“Having our own kayaks and canoes will allow us to do our own thing rather than rely on hiring them all the time – staff and families are more than welcome to hire them out too,” he said.

“The next process is finding a trailer so we can transport them to different locations.”

Agriculture

Local student Mitchell Baker has been excelling in his Year 12 agriculture studies with an interesting nine week feed trial focusing on pig weight-gain.

Using the school’s industry standard eco-shelter, Mitchell gave two separate groups of pigs different diets to see which group would put on more weight.

Lucindale Area School agriculture teacher Carol Hille said it was great to see students making good use of the eco-shelter.

“We put a division down the centre of the shelter last year to allow for these feed trials to occur so the kids can do that scientific research on these animals,” she said.

After the trial, the pigs will be sold to the community for $12/kg.

“We sell the pigs that we raise here and they normally sell really quickly through word of mouth – these ones were actually sold when they were three weeks of age,” Carol explained.

“We haven’t needed to advertise this time but if anyone in the community is interested in the pigs next term, they can ring in advance.”

Open day

Lucindale Area School is also looking forward to welcoming anyone in the community to attend its annual open day on August 16.

Prospective families are invited to come and have a look at the school’s facilities and enjoy a tour with staff and students.

To find out more information, contact the school on 8766 2084.