Head of Agriculture and Primary Industries, Mr Mark Bokenham, believes bringing the farm into the classroom and encouraging self-motivated learners is key to developing students who will thrive in the sector.
The Covid lockdown has encouraged Joeys teachers to become more creative in their approach so that students, hunkered down in their living rooms, can continue to be challenged. It is especially the case in Technological and Applied Studies (TAS), where Head of Department, Mr Andrew Drewitt Smith, has been relishing the opportunities offsite learning provides.
French is in Joeys DNA. Marist founder Marcellin Champagnat hailed from rural France, and Brother Emilian, the first College headmaster, was born in Languedoc-Roussilon. Indeed, French has been studied at Hunters Hill for over 100 years.
The Covid crisis has highlighted our students’ resilience and adaptability, but it has also showcased the ingenuity and versatility of our teachers. It’s especially the case in the science and agriculture department, where practical learning is a key plank of the curriculum.