Aden Ridgeway's Visit to St Brendan - Shaw College
Aboriginal students and friends, Year 10 and Legal Studies students had the privilege of meeting and listening to Aden Ridgeway when he visited our College in 2015. The topic was about his life experiences and the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's recognition in the Australian Constitution.
Arthur River Aboriginal Cultural Camp
In 2015, after three days of camping, learning and exploring, everyone became the best of friends and we cannot wait for another camp next year. Many thanks must go to Dooloomai who led the camp activities and a very big thank you to Aunty Patsy for her knowledge, wisdom and sharing that gave us all a deeper experience, understanding and appreciation of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Students visited Tiagarra in 2015 to support the call for the continued preservation of and reopening of Tiagarra and the Bluff area as a significant Aboriginal heritage site. Many community members and schools attended along with local and state Elders, the Leader of the opposition Bryan Greene and Mayor of Devonport Steve Martin. There were many cultural objects on display, bush foods and TasTAFE and Riawunna tables for information. Students met Peter Sims who organised the building of Tiagarra as an Aboriginal "keeping place." There was a great community atmosphere and a united effort for appreciating the significance of this site.
Mrs Margaret Shearer
Aboriginal Student Support Teacher
In 2015, Sam Watson gave a thought provoking and insightful address at the Dawn Service in Devonport with Fr Mike Delaney, our Parish Priest, who was the Chaplain at the service.
It has been wonderful to see the school vegetable garden looking 'bloomin' wonderful. Thanks to the consistent efforts of Lily, Tilly, Sam, Che, Mr Schramm, and Mr Lenton for their patient care and attention in maintaining, weeding, and planting all the wonderful produce that has been grown this year. We have been lucky to enjoy a session in the kitchen using some of our produce, as well as taking the fruits of our efforts home to share with our families.
In 2015, we went on an excursion to see two amazing local agricultural businesses in our Northern area: Shima Wasabi farm and the hydroponic farm of Shearwater Pure Sprouts, to see some different types of gardening in action. Students enjoyed the experience and were generally amazed at the processes and technology that these business employ to produce these outstanding local products.
Community Garden Co-ordinator
Calves to Shine a Light on Dairy Careers
Again in 2015, two beautiful calves joined our St Brendan-Shaw College community and helped to shine a light on dairy industry careers through Dairy Australia's innovative school program, 'Cows Create Careers'.
The 'Cows Create Careers' - Farm Module is a six-week program that aims to increase the awareness of careers in the dairy industry in a very hands-on way. Students are educated by rearing two three-week-old calves at school and the 'Cows Create Careers' - Farm Module is a program that builds awareness of dairy industry careers. By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry.