Twenty NSW schools have entered this year’s Archibull Prize, an integrated program that engages city-based secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork.
This year’s Archibull challenge will expose students to the innovations and environmental achievements of the industry via the question: what does it take to sustainably clothe your community for a day?
Cotton Australia’s Education Coordinator, Sophie Davidson, said the program is designed to build a bridge for farmers and communities to share stories, improve understanding and work through potential solutions.
NSW schools participating in this year’s Archibull challenge include Model Farms High School (Baulkham Hills), De La Salle College (Carrinbah), Cranebrook High School, Wyong High School, James Ruse High School (Carlingford), and Winmalee High School.
Although the program is run in city-based schools, the Upper Namoi Cotton Growers Association and Carroll Cotton have sponsored a pilot in a country school.
Gunnedah High School teacher, Kate Mathieson, has embraced the concept as “a great way to promote agriculture in schools and in the community.” A further three schools will later undertake the challenge in Queensland.
As part of the program, schools are paired with inspirational and talented Young Farming Champions (YFCs) who have been undergoing coaching to develop knowledge and presentation skills to deliver messages on behalf of the industry to non-farming audiences.
This year’s YFCs include Tamsin Quirk (Moree), Katie Broughton (Narrabri), Hollie Baillieu (Moss Vale) and Richie Quigley (Trangie). Special thanks to Richie for coming on board at the last minute.