Beaudesert school in the running for Archibull prize

Beaudesert State High School student Kiandra Cumberland and teacher Laura Perkins were ready to begin phase 1 of the Archibull prize. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
Beaudesert State High School student Kiandra Cumberland and teacher Laura Perkins were ready to begin phase 1 of the Archibull prize. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

KIDS in country areas would usually get in trouble for covering a cow in paint.

But for one Scenic Rim school, the act is being encouraged for The Archibull Prize.

Beaudesert State High School is one of 30 schools competing in a program to educate students about farming and natural resources.

Among schools from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, Beaudesert State High School will research an agricultural industry and show their findings through artwork, using a fibreglass cow.

The school will produce an online blog, including photos, text and video, to document their learning of their allocated industry – cotton –  while creating the artwork.

As part of The Archibull Prize, a mystery guest speaker from Young Farming Champions will also visit the school this week to discuss the cotton industry.

Agriculture teacher Laura Perkins said students have begun brainstorming their ideas on creating the artwork.

“There is so much energy and enthusiasm about the project from students and each day I’m having more students ask where they can sign up to help,” she said.

Ms Perkins said the amazing experience comes with many perks besides sharing her passion for agriculture.

“It’s not just an amazing experience but it’s all something that we can get all departments involved in,” she said.

“There’s so many talents at this school both students and teachers, who are now working together on this project to create something amazing.”

Ms Perkins said this was the first year the school had applied to become a part of the contest and has chosen robotics to drive the creation of the artwork.

“The bull will be cut into pieces so we can put in computers, solar panels, batteries and other things to make the ears and tale move,” she said.

“We wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before and to the best of my knowledge, no one has used robotics and no one has made it completely interactive,” she said.

Ms Perkins said after the project, students would know more about food fibre, clothing and the importance of cotton in the farming industry.

“Students will also have a greater understanding of agriculture, sustainability and working as a team,” she said.

Ms Perkins said she hoped, once complete, the artwork would publicly display it in Beaudesert for the community to view.

The school project is expected to be complete by September.

To follow Beaudesert State High School’s progress of their Archibull, go to their blog.