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CERTIFICATE II in ANIMAL STUDIES:
 
1. RSPCA Mobile Education Unit (EMU) –  (April)
Students from Year 11 & 12’s - attended a magnificent day for all, EMU offers exciting multi-media enhanced learning stations that engage students in interactive hands-on activities. Each learning centre focuses on key animal welfare issues faced by the community and offers visitors ways in which they can take action to address these issues. Below are some of the learning stations that students can explore whilst on board the unit:   
  • Incorporated into the new design is a bank of five Mac computers with online access to World of Animal Welfare website, RSPCA’s teaching and learning resource.
  •  The fully-equipped vet centre with x-ray box and microchip scanner, encourages people to take their pets to the vet for regular care and reiterates the importance of desexing and appropriate identification.
  •  The wildlife diorama engages students with an audiovisual presentation discussing our impact on the environment
  • Teachers and students enjoy informative 60 minute sessions and then participated late in the day on interactive work stations.
 
2. Animal Management & Awareness Logan City Council - (July)
A holistic education program developed by the Animal Management Centre about pet ownership responsibilities and ways to interact appropriately with pets. Included is the role of local laws and Council programs in protecting pets, the community and local environment.
 
3. Alma Park Zoo – (July)
Alma Park Zoo is set on 40 acres with 12 acres set under a rainforest canopy. They exhibit 100 species, with more than 200 individual animals. Creating a unique and exciting experience in a natural environment that will empower the community to be involved in the conservation of wildlife and their environment.  Committed to educating people about the conservation of wildlife:
 
  • The Aussie Discovery provides you with the opportunity to select a group of four Australian Native animals for a special close encounter experience.  You may choose any four of the following animals for your Aussie Discovery Experience: Koala, Pythons, Freshwater Crocodile, Dingo, Quoll, Possum, Kangaroo or Wallaby
  •  Alma Park Zoo is home to over 200 individual mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and crocodilians representing approximately 100 species. Many of the animals are exotic species from South America, Asia, Africa and of course Australian Native Animals. Alma is Queensland’s oldest Zoo and also one of the only Zoos where you will see and interact with a broad range of primates.
               
4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary- (August)
Students explore adaptations and relationships Australian animals have evolved to survive alongside humans. With the aim of promoting understanding and appreciation of complex ecosystems, students are challenged to consider their daily actions and how our choices have the ability to strengthen the environment and our shared future with wildlife.
 
Effective group communication is fostered by challenging teams to work together to solve cryptic clues, use powers of observation and face fears. Teams compete against time and each other, completing a reverse scavenger hunt, wildlife challenge stations and animal riddle clues – all based on life at the Sanctuary. This is a truly unique experience that your students won’t forget in a hurry!
 
5. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - (March & September)
"Pat and Chat",  "Behind the Scenes" and "Sustainability Tour" educational programs are delivered to Include a tour of our native animal hospital and food preparation area as well as a 30- 45 minute session, taught by a qualified education officer, uses live animals to teach various topics tailored to your curriculum requirements. Some presentation theme ideas include:  
                • Adaptations                                     
                • Classification                                
                • Endangered Species
                • Conservation                                   
                • Reproduction                                
                • Tourism & Marketing             
                • Wildlife Art                                       
                • Workplace Health & Safety          
                • Careers in the Zoo industry
Every Animal.  All Places.  One World. - highlight the importance of every animal’s place in the world.
 
6. Beenleigh Animal Nursery -(September)
Public has an opportunity to visit an "Animal Nursery" which is designed by students from Certificate II in Animal Studies to be an educational and fun event during the Beenleigh Shows. The hands-on experience with farm animals provide children with a visit they will remember and enjoy. Animals include cows, sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs and miniature ponies. There are chickens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs, lizards and turtles.
 
Other benefits depending on the day can include:
                •  see and meet a variety of different farm animals
                •  learn how to safely approach different animals
                •  discover where products such as milk, eggs and wool come from
                •  milk the cow—or just watch!
                •  nurse chickens and bunnies and pat the lambs
                •  bottle-feed lambs, piglets and calves
                •  peek into the incubator to see chick eggs hatch
 
Beenleigh Show - Friday 11th September to Saturday 12th September 2014
 
7. Working with Animals Career Expo  - (September)
Sponsored again by the RSPCA Gold Coast and Hinterland Branch the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary invites representatives from different animal fields, including the RSPCA, Department of Primary Industries Sniffer Dog Team, Gold Coast City Council, Universities and TAFES with  Animal Related Courses and of course our Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Staff.
 
Aims of the day, to provide:
               realistic information about careers associated with working with animals
               course information and subject guidance
               opportunities to meet individuals already in the field
               workshops based on different organisations and careers
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY (AGRICULTURE)
 
8. World Schools Poultry Association Program  - (April to  June)
Students in  Year 8 and 9 carry out a "Feed Trial Investigation"  analysing the effects of poultry feeds, breed and laying abilities. The investigation focuses on the effects of the environment, breed, health and nutrition on the growth of broilers and layers. Students put ideas together, take videos for inclusion on YouTube,  submit posters and compile a full submission for publication with AWPA at the end of the term.
 
9. RSPCA Mobile Education Unit (EMU) –  (April)
Students from Year 8,9 & 10, -  attended a magnificent day for all, EMU offers exciting multi-media enhanced learning stations that engage students in interactive hands-on activities. Each learning centre focuses on key animal welfare issues faced by the community and offers visitors ways in which they can take action to address these issues. Below are some of the learning stations that students can explore whilst on board the unit:
               
  • Incorporated into the new design is a bank of five Mac computers with online access to World of Animal Welfare website, RSPCA’s teaching and learning resource.
  •  The fully-equipped vet centre with x-ray box and microchip scanner, encourages people to take their pets to the vet for regular care and reiterates the importance of desexing and appropriate identification.
  • The wildlife diorama engages students with an audiovisual presentation discussing our impact on the environment
               
Teachers and students enjoy informative 60 minute sessions and then participated late in the day on interactive work stations.
 
SENIOR AGRICULTURE SCIENCE
 
10. Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens -(August )
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. The 52 hectare gardens, located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers 21 hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for school groups.
 
  •  Plant encounters - different cultures Exotic Rainforest, Japanese Garden, Tropical Dome, Bamboo Grove - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Explores useful plants from different countries particularly the Asia-Pacific region. Students discover, hands-on, the varied uses and stories of plants in different cultures.
  •  Aboriginal use of rainforest plants Australian Rainforest or Australian Plant Communities - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Investigate how specific plants are/were used by Aboriginal communities. Students examine and taste some bush foods and consider the diverse role of plans in Aboriginal culture.
  •  Plant adaptations - variety and versatility Tropical Dome, Cactus House, Arid Zone - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Students investigate the adaptive strategies of vascular plants in moist and arid ecosystems. They also measure and evaluate abiotic factors in these environments.
  •  Plant classification Fern House, Demonstration Garden, Lagoon -Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Students observe the diversity of vascular plants as they collect data through sketch, field notes and use of botanical keys. Classification is explored from an evolutionary perspective.
 
11. Pacific Seeds Enterprise - (April)
As agricultural production throughout the world is revolutionised through advances in science and technology, Pacific Seeds remains focused on delivering real benefits and improved production to Australian producers. As the leader in creating value for participants in the plant production chain through the use of innovative plant genetic technology.
 
  •  Seed grower - Instrumental to Pacific Seeds success in the hybrid seed industry has been its commitment and ability to consistently produce high quality seed under a range of seasonal conditions. By adopting and setting industry best practices and utilising proven technological advances, Pacific Seeds has established itself and its seed grower partners as industry leaders.
  •  Genetic biotechnologies - As a provider of new and improved plant varieties for plant, animal and food production chains, Pacific Seeds uses and supports the use of conventional and modern genetic biotechnologies in its R&D programs. This application of traditional and innovative plant genetic technology provides added value and other benefits to growers, processors and consumers of our products.
  • Seed protectants  - An important tool for farmers. Through controlling soil-borne insects via a micro-coating on seed, growers will see even germination, stronger plant development and more even flowering.
  •  Agronomy - Recommendations include understanding the environmental variability and suing seasonal weather prediction, soil water and price to evaluate risk.
 
12. Tambourine Mountain National Parks and Botanical Garden - (May)
Tamborine is well known for walking tracks winding through rainforest regions and occasionally past cliffs or waterfalls. The most well-known ones are the Curtis Falls rainforest track, and the Knoll, though there are others. Encompassing the wet subtropical rainforest habitats below the largely cleared plateau summit, and above the surrounding eucalypt forests, have been identified as a 38 square kilometres of Australian wildlife:
 
                • "Important Bird Area (IBA)" by BirdLife International.
                • Albert's Lyrebirds, as well as Pale-yellow Robins, Green Catbirds, Regent Bowerbirds and
                   Australian Logrunners.
                • Additional significant birds recorded from the site are Glossy Black Cockatoos, Sooty   
                    Owls,    Marbled Frogmouths and Noisy Pittas.
                • Other animals present include:
                                Platypuses
                                Short-beaked Echidnas and
                                Richmond Birdwings
 
CERTIFICATE II in HORTICULTURE
 
13. Quikcell Technologies Enterprise  - (June)
Quickcell Technology Products has grown to become one of Queensland's (and Northern NSW) leading prestressed and precast concrete manufacturers, offering an extensive range of precast concrete products including prestressed, precast concrete panels, Fully Integrated Beams and Flooring Systems, Prestressed Walls, Double-T Floors, Prestressed Solid Composite Planks and concrete slabs.
 
Quickcell Technology's years of experience in prestressed and precast concrete manufacturing has lead to numerous ground-breaking technological advancements through the development of lighter and stronger alternatives to conventional precast concrete and in-situ solutions. Our exclusive Quickcell system has revolutionised the manufacturing of precast components for the building industry, facilitating faster off-site assembly of components and as consequently significant cost savings to the consumer.
 
Lanscape encounter - different types of waste products used for landscape construction identified as a recycling process - Students explore useful structures from different industrial products for particularly use in gardens, landscape walls, support structures and other technologies. Students discover, hands-on, the varied uses of concrete.
 
14. Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens -(May)
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. The 52 hectare gardens, located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers 21 hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for school groups.
 
  •  Plant encounters - different cultures Exotic Rainforest, Japanese Garden, Tropical Dome, Bamboo Grove - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Explores useful plants from different countries particularly the Asia-Pacific region. Students discover, hands-on, the varied uses and stories of plants in different cultures.
  •   Aboriginal use of rainforest plants Australian Rainforest or Australian Plant Communities - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Investigate how specific plants are/were used by Aboriginal communities. Students examine and taste some bush foods and consider the diverse role of plans in Aboriginal culture.
  •  Plant adaptations - variety and versatility Tropical Dome, Cactus House, Arid Zone - Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha - Students investigate the adaptive strategies of vascular plants in moist and arid ecosystems. They also measure and evaluate abiotic factors in these environments.
  •  Plant classification Fern House, Demonstration Garden, Lagoon -Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Students observe the diversity of vascular plants as they collect data through sketch, field notes and use of botanical keys. Classification is explored from an evolutionary perspective.
 
CERTIFICATE II in RURAL OPERATIONS:
 
15. “Beef Week” Rockhampton - (May)
A really good learning experience for the newcomers in the Beenleigh Agriculture Show team which is held every 4 years. We exhibit  Junior Led Steers for a number of partners involved in the "Fitting Service" We also have a team who compete in the “Schools Junior Judging Teams Events” and numerous memories are gained from participation in a major "Olympic Type Agriculture" field event.
 
16. “Royal National Agriculture" and EKKA Field Days - (August)
A really good learning experience for the  Beenleigh Agriculture Show team. We exhibit  Stud Cattle for a our "Beenleigh High Queensland  - Droughtmaster Stud". We exhibit  Junior Led Steers for a number of partners involved in the "Fitting Service" We also have a team who compete in the “Schools Junior Judging Teams Events” and numerous memories are gained from participation in these field events.
 
17. “Chamber Of Commerce” Agriculture Field Days - (March to September)
A really good learning experience for the  Beenleigh Agriculture Show team. We exhibit  Stud Cattle for a our "Beenleigh High Queensland  - Droughtmaster Stud". We exhibit  Junior Led Steers for a number of partners involved in the "Fitting Service" We also have a team who compete in the “Schools Junior Judging Teams Events” and numerous memories are gained from participation in these field events.
 
                • Brahmousin Camp - Friday February 7th February to Sunday 9th February 2014
                • Futurity Show - Friday 28th February to Saturday 1st March 2014
                • Rocklea Show - Saturday 3rd May 2014
                • Ipswich Show - Sunday 18th May 2014
                • Maryborough Show - Friday 22nd May to Saturday 23rd May 2013
                • Kalbar Show - Friday 12th June to Saturday 13th June 2014
                • Mudgeeraba Show - Saturday 21st June 2014
                • Mount Gravatt Show - Saturday 26th July 2014
                • Gold Coast Show - Friday 29th August to Saturday 30th August 2014
                • Beaudesert Show - Friday 4th September to Saturday 5th September 2014
                • Beenleigh Show - Friday 11th September to Saturday 12th September 2014