Cleve Area School Sims Farm wins award

AWARD: Kaila Sawyer, Lauren Ferme, Nellie Barbala, Ellie Williams and Karma Resmini with the award Sims Farm received.
AWARD: Kaila Sawyer, Lauren Ferme, Nellie Barbala, Ellie Williams and Karma Resmini with the award Sims Farm received.

Cleve Area School's Sims Farm has won the South Australian Area Schools Leaders Association Best Practice Award for community-oriented education.

The award, sponsored by Credit Union SA, recognises outstanding learning practice and community involvement.

Sims Farm is South Australia's largest commercially operational school-based farm.

Bequeathed to the SA Government in 1975, the farm delivers specialist education in dryland cropping, wool and lamb production through hands-on experience.

Through partnerships with TAFE SA and Regional Skills Training, students can undertake Certificates II and III in Agriculture.

The course is bringing in students from across the state, with its full boarding house a sure sign of the program's popularity.

Aleks Suljajic, the school's Agriculture and Agricultural Vocational Education coordinator, praised parents, local businesses, farmers and the wider community for their support, including many sponsorships of the program.

He said the course was an excellent example of school-community interaction, and it was pleasing to see students go on to gain employment in agriculture and complete further tertiary education.

Students involved in the program head off to Adelaide this week to compete with their sheep at the Royal Adelaide Show.