Over 30 entries were received in our National AgDAy Careers Competition from primary and secondary schools in both rural and urban environments. We even had entries from the Charters Towers School of Distance Education and the Port Augusta School of the Air.
Students were asked to identify their interests and favourite subjects, imagine an agricultural career, research the educational pathway to that career and play with LEGO!
This year we teamed with Career Harvest and Aimee Snowden from LittleBrick Pastoral who designed 12 LEGO figurines illustrating agriculturalcareers. Students then had the choice of crafting their entries around one ofAimee’s characters or designing their own.
We were blown away with the LEGO figures returned to us! There were animal welfare officers, farm architects, florists, robotics engineers and heavy vehicle mechanics just to name a few. In all 22 unique careers were identified.
Considering the quality of the entries it was difficult to determine the seven finalists but here, in alphabetical order only, they are:
- Frederick Herrmann from Yanco Agricultural High School who chose to be an architect to design and construct rural infrastructure
- Hamish Maclure from Yanco Agricultural High School who described in great and exacting detail the life of a stock and station agent (which suggests he has spent more than one day at the sales!)
- Joshua Carpenter from The Henry Lawson High School who envisaged a career as an agricultural teacher – and one who returned to his home town of Grenfell to teach
- Molly McCreadie from Gwynneville Public School who also chose to be a farm architect
- Paige Brown from Yanco Agricultural High School who wants to be a wool classer
- Sienna Banks, also from Gwynneville Public School who chose an animal welfare officer.(This was a popular profession with at least three students choosing it!)
- Tom Ramsay from Charters Towers School of Distance Education who chose to be a contract musterer.
The judges also made special mention of the entry from Eliza Friend from Frensham School Mittagong
Congratulations to all students who entered the competition and designed LEGO characters to show us the broad world of agricultural careers.
Our winners will be announced at The Archibull Prize Awards at Sydney Olympic Park on November 20th 2018
Special shoutout to Career Harvest who have donated the iPad minis as prizes