McAuley College joins Gateway to Industry

ACCELERATED GROWTH: Principal Deidre Young, agricultural studies teacher Tenille Brimson and curriculum development leader Donna Johnston show off McAuley College's new greenhouse.

ACCELERATED GROWTH: Principal Deidre Young, agricultural studies teacher Tenille Brimson and curriculum development leader Donna Johnston show off McAuley College's new greenhouse.

It is full speed ahead for all things agricultural at McAuley College.

The college has recently been informed that its application to become a Gateway to Industry School has been successful.

Curriculum development leader Donna Johnston said the welcomed funding would be used to resource the Agricultural Studies program due to commence in semester two and to integrate agriculture into other subjects and co-curricular opportunities offered by the college.

"Already 47% of the Year nine cohort have signed up for this hands-on program," she said.

"That is quite a substantial number for the number of students that we have."

Mrs Johnston said with agriculture being one of the main industries in this region offering a potential career pathway to students, the college considered the implementation of this program a priority.

"We have a lot of farming families that are part of the McAuley family," she said.

"And we anticipate that as a school we will be moving in that direction."

As well as joining the Gateway community, McAuley College also erected its inaugural Greenhouse on March 6.

The greenhouse has been constructed on campus with the possibility of enlargement and relocation with the concurrent growth of the student population and the college's agricultural programs.

"Students will design experiments to determine best germination conditions for plants within the greenhouse," Mrs Johnston said.