O'Connor students had a very successful 2019 Armidale Show, with large numbers of students participating in interdisciplinary collaborative learning tasks over 4 days .
Our Primary Industries students assisted with the set up of the livestock exhibition areas on Thursday and we entered thirty school exhibits in the pavilion sections.
Erin Porter gained valuable agribusiness experience stewarding for the wool section, finding herself working with industry leaders . She then backed up to do the scoring at the junior stock appraisal, as well as peer mentoring other students. Thank you for your contribution to the community Erin.
On Tuesday 15 students competed in the cookery assessment with Kloe Levingstone and Jasmine Hockey becoming the overall winners.
On Friday fifty two students competed in a combined agricultural appraisal competition encompassing Vegetables, Grain, Wool, Meat Sheep, Merino Sheep, Stock Horse and Cattle. These events develop skills in observation evaluation, decision making and public speaking to name just a few.
O’Connor students were represented in every final with many students presenting orally. Results as follows:
Vegetables: Jack Danieli - 3rd
Grain: Lucy Barley -1st, Eliza Boland -2nd, Jack Danieli -3rd
Sheep: Meg Lawry -1st, Tim Brazier -2nd, Isabel Hine -3rd, Tahlia White -5th
Wool: Isabel Hine -1st, Lucy Bailey -2nd, Meg Lawry -3rd, Abby Jackson -4th, Tilly Brown -5th
Horses: Ben Jones -5th
Cattle: Lucy Bailey -5th
Later that afternoon our heifers competed in the heifer show. Our 'Not A Lot' school cattle got a 3rd place while Tom Smith – Glenview Murray Grey Stud won Grand Champion Heifer.
Many students used our stud cattle to enter the Junior Paraders competition.
In the Pavilion, Jack Danieli was second in the sculpture, third in the crochet, second in the vegetable and animal sections . He won several other classes with our school flowers. Jack was also rewarded with a successful exhibitor Junior prize across several sections.
Aaron Coop and our school food production team won lots of prizes in the farm produce sections including, cucumbers, marrows, herbs and tomatoes to name a few.
Aaron was named most successful junior exhibitor in the farm produce section with his own highly productive garden.
Several students entered the photography section with Allie Carson having success.
In the Horse arena Jamie Jorden won enough champion ribbons in one day to make a rug !! Jamie went on to become Supreme rider of the Show and her horse Supreme Hack of the show – a very rare double! Congratulations Jamie.
Many other students were seen in the horse arena, with Blake Rose making his debut in showjumping and Miss Davidson was the winning champion on her pony.
On Saturday our cattle were exhibited by Will Starr, Makaala Dodd, Hain van Eyk, Mitchell Northam, Allie Carson and Ronald Boxall. Congratulations to this team of students who gave up their Saturday for a school event. The cattle were professionally presented and we won Champion Senior Female with 'Not a Lot Haylee'.
A huge thank you to farm assistant Josh Tout and ex students Sean Skinner and Zeke Johnstone for their assistance.
To complete the weekend several students competed in the stock appraisal Zone Finals with Hain van Eyk to represent us in the Wool State Final and Analiese Wark in the Grain State Final. Isabel Hine and Eliza Boland were finalists.