Sims Farm community survey to guide school on pathway

STUDENTS: Ryan Hannemann, Sophie Briese, teacher Aleks Suljagic, Brayden Ainsworth , Tomney, Billy Flavell and Nellie Barbala.
STUDENTS: Ryan Hannemann, Sophie Briese, teacher Aleks Suljagic, Brayden Ainsworth , Tomney, Billy Flavell and Nellie Barbala.

CLEVE and district community members are being asked to participate in a survey on Cleve Area School’s agricultural curriculum. 

A study was done last year with the purpose of ensuring the agricultural program at the school was at the cutting edge of agricultural education.

The subsequent report found the Sims Farm and its agricultural education held a “place of pride” in Cleve and districts and suggested a community survey be undertaken to help the school determine the scope of its program.

Agricultural course coordinator and teacher Aleks Suljagic said it was important for the community to offer its opinion. 

“The future needs to be carefully planned out to keep us abreast of current and future agricultural growth and change,” he said. 

The report suggested a clear definition was needed on whether Cleve school was an agricultural school or a school which offered agricultural subjects, to determine the future direction of the agricultural course.

Sims Farm is run as an operating business and has no government funding allocated to it, with funding coming from farm profits.

Mr Suljagic is the only full time teacher working in the agricultural course and the report recommended more staff with agricultural qualifications be allocated to the program to encourage the course’s growth.

”We have the ever-increasing need to keep abreast of changing technology having more teachers would broaden the curriculum offering,” Mr Suljagic said.  

He said the beauty of Sims Farm was its hands on approach and the skill set it gave students.

“Our kids finish school with abilities in crutching, shearing, fencing and machinery operation knowledge and 100 per cent of our students are employed post school with some furthering their studies at uni.”

The survey can be completed online via www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBQKSZS or hard copies are available at the school, Landmark Cleve, Elders Cleve, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, Cleve Newsagency and Cleve Post Office.