COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
CLOSE THE GAP WITH A SNAP! INSTAGRAM STUDENT PHOTO CHALLENGE
During 16th–30th March 2015, Australian high school students who post photos on Instagram that reflect the themes of “In
our hands”, “Healthy”, “Our generation”, “Together” & “Circles, Lines & Dots” will be in the running to win great prizes.
It’s a great way for kids to engage with and explore Close the Gap themes in an easy, fun and creative way using ICT in
schools. A few entries from MSB students below. We have two finalists so far (pictured bottom right) from Marzena & Genesis and (pictured bottom left) from
Sylvia. Congratulations and good luck in the finals.
Our principal David Finch proudly displays
the first bottle produced of ‘Shining Light’.
SENIOR AGRICULTURE REPORT
This term senior Agriculture students are studying a unit focussing on value adding in agriculture. Historically, Australia has been a large exporter of raw agricultural products such as wheat and wool. More recently the sale of value added products has been of growing importance to our economy. Examples include wine, cheeses, preserves and smallgoods.
The unit focus on the production of wine and dairy products as models for value adding in agriculture—both are now amongst our most valuable exports and these industries are major employers of young people.
In this photo Mungalli Falls full cream milk is being carefully heated prior to adding a yoghurt starter culture.
Students learn about how grapes are grown and milk is produced, the fermentation processes used to produce wine, yogurt and cheese and how these products are stored and packaged. The problems associated with alcohol in our society are also taught with a focus on responsible consumption.
The work has culminated in the production and bottling of our Sauvignon Blanc white wine named ‘Shining Light’ after the school motto. Production of a red wine is nearing completion. The students have also created several styles of yogurt and are in the process of making soft and hard cheeses. These products will be available for parents to sample and enjoy during our NAIDOC Day celebrations.
It is hoped that eventually our agriculture program can expanded to incorporate the delivery of certificate courses in skills such as cheese making.
FEATURING GIRLS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Female NRL football is taking over in the North, with girls from MSB promoting the game through
The Roosters NRL boys are taking on the Challenge in Mareeba, and the AFL MSB male and female
players are matching other teams in Cairns.
MSB supports students to engage in a healthy, active, sporting lifestyle.
Well done to all of our students for their positive participation.
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