Each year a special highlight of the Glenbervie School calendar is Agricultural Day. We consider it important for several reasons. It is part of being in a rural school and the Board and Staff are committed to keeping the rural character of the school. Ag Day is a school day and very much part of the curriculum. It will be held on the last Thursday of term so we can get the maximum participation from children and community members.
One of the significant aspects of Ag Day is animal handling, where the children bring a pet lamb, calf or goat that they have reared, to parade and compete in various classes.
The Board and the school community wish to encourage as many families as possible to enter an animal for Ag Day. If you have not considered keeping an animal, or have thought about it briefly and felt daunted by the prospect, we invite you to take a moment to read on.
Rearing an animal is a wonderful experience for a child and is a focus for their learning and development. They will learn how to care for their animal and train it. They will learn personal skills such as commitment, time management, and patience. This can be a greatly rewarding experience for the child, seeing their animal respond to the care and attention they give it.
Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on rearing a calf or lamb.
The school offers a great deal of support to animal handlers:
help with sourcing animals (goats are dependent on numbers*)
information on animal care
teaching about animal handling at school
regular bulletins in the school newsletters
an Ag Day committee
advice from Mrs Crooks (our Ag Day Committee staff representative)
Agricultural Day is held on a Saturday in September/October
Parents, grandparents, neighbours are very much part of the day. We welcome all visitors to our Agricultural Day
Food and refreshments are available on the day
Children are encouraged to raise, feed and care for a lamb, kid, or calf
Animals are eligible if they are born between 1 July and 31 August of the year
Calves are judged for leading, rearing (child’s effort) and beef or dairy type
Lambs/kids are judged on leading, calling and rearing
All animal handlers receive a ribbon of participation
Any competitor can also compete at the Whangarei Group Calf Club day at Barge Park, Maunu, usually in November
Booklets on animal handling are available from the school, ask your child’s teacher or at the school office
Newsletters have regular Ag Day updates
The Agricultural Day Committee organises the many aspects of the day. You can contact them (through the school office) if you would like to help – it’s a great way to become involved, meet people and of course, many hands make light work
There is an array of trophies to be won for the various classes, from senior to junior. Most of these trophies have been donated by families of children who came to Glenbervie School
Animal feed (milk powder) and teats can be obtained from farm supply outlets e.g. Wrightson's, Beta Farm Supplies. Feeding regimes and mixing instructions are always on the container
Coaching for animal handlers is given at school in the form of an information session
Mrs Crooks is the staff contact for anything to do with animals on Ag Day. The school may be able to provide contact numbers for obtaining animals