The abundance of green space on our large campus allows us to maintain a fully functioning farm for the benefit of students.
Named Berakah Farm, this agricultural science facility is a rare and important introduction to agriculture. It is equipped with a diverse range of facilities that support the learning of students from Junior School right through to Senior School, where every student in Years 7 and 8 studies short units in Agricultural Science before choosing it as an elective in Year 9. From Year 10 we offer a Certificate II in Rural Operations as well as Agricultural Science as an ATAR subject.
The farm provides students with a hands-on understanding of how food is grown, produced and sold. With a teaching space and areas for washing vegetables, plant propagation, honey extraction and mixing fertilisers, the ‘Big Shed’ underpins this practical approach to learning. The Big Shed also has a cold room, office and sales counter that form a retail outlet for vegetables, eggs, honey, seedlings and nursery plants.
This aspect of an NCC education is incredibly rewarding, as it bridges the disconnect between students, the environment and food production.
Other learning opportunities on the farm include:
- Student classroom for agricultural science lessons
- Animal shed with miniature horse stables
- Cattle yards for handling and husbandry of our beef cattle
- Training arena for teaching students animal handling skills and preparing for shows
- Pastures for miniature horses and cattle
- Orchard where a variety of citrus fruits are grown
- Beehives from which students harvest and sell honey
- Vegetable gardens for Middle and Senior School students
- Poultry shed for laying and show poultry
- Plant nursery and a hothouse for plant propagation and vegetable seedlings
- A miniature show horse team for Middle and Senior School students