Lucindale Area SchoolLucindale Area School

Curriculum

Lucindale Area School offers a wide variety of SACE Stage 1 and 2 subjects through senior school.

Students are introduced to the SACE through the Personal Learning Plan (PLP), offered during Year 10. In Year 11 and 12 students study a range of subjects to meet the required SACE completion pattern. Academic and vocational pathways have been catered for, offering students the option of applying for university or taking up a vocational pathway into formal work.

The senior school handbook provides more information on the range of subjects offered, highlighting the ability of students at Lucindale Area School to complete a range of challenging academic subjects with the intention of gaining a high ATAR score.

Alternatively, students can choose a flexible learning option where part time work and part time learning at school balances the needs of the student and the various employers in the district. Students work with senior secondary home group teachers to discuss different options.

Flexible Learning

Lucindale Area School offers a range of learning opportunities allowing students to explore interests outside of the general subjects offered.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs can be run in a number of ways. Currently the school offers:

School Based Apprenticeships (SBA) offer students the ability to study part time while working and developing work-based competencies for their chosen career. We work closely with local apprenticeship brokers, apprenticeship centres and registered training organisations to offer appropriate training programs for student wishing to take on an SBA.

Open Access learning is offered to secondary students. It is utilised to offer individual students a subject that may not be offered on-site and allows for greater flexibility in subject choices. Students have a weekly lesson via phone and are supported by local teachers to ensure success.

Lucindale Area School is a member of the South-East Local Delivery program. Students and teachers travel to partner schools in the local cluster network to study Stage 2 subjects at a face-to-face level. The school cluster network is comprised of Lucindale Area School, Penola High School, Naracoorte High School, Kangaroo Inn Area School and Millicent High School. Local delivery has the benefit of a face-to-face teaching component with designated subject teachers, along with support of Lucindale Area School staff to ensure success.More information on the subjects that are delivered via this method is available via the senior school handbook.

Additional vocational pathways programs are offered based on individual career counselling. Students who have specific learning interests may be able to start certificate level courses, through ongoing partnerships with training providers.

Recognition for Community Learning
The SACE allows students to gain credit for a range of community based learning opportunities.

SACE

The South Australian Certificate of Education has a number of subject requirements, which must be successfully completed to successfully attain a SACE Certificate.

There are two stages of the SACE:‎

Each subject or course that is successfully completed earns ‘credits' towards the SACE. ‎Students receive a final grade from A to E for each Stage 1 subject and A+ to E– for ‎Stage 2 subjects.‎

To qualify for the SACE students must:‎

Achieve a C– or higher in the Stage 2 compulsory subjects.‎

The compulsory requirements are:‎


The remaining 90 credits can be gained through additional Stage 1 or Stage 2 subjects or ‎Board-recognised courses (such as VET or community learning) of a student's choice.‎

Contact the Senior School Coordinator for more information, or click on the links below to look further at the SACE website. https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/

SUBJECTS

Lucindale Area School offers a wide variety of SACE Stage 1 and 2 subjects through senior school.  For more information, please refer to the senior school handbook.

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is a core focus at Lucindale Area School, with curriculum being offered to students from Reception to Year 12. All agriculture classes are provided face-to -face and senior students regularly work with the Farm Manager.

Students in R - 7 are introduced to agriculture with 2 lessons a week covering the science and technology aspects of the Australian Curriculum through an agricultural lens. The preparation and showing of animals is a major component of studies for Years 8 - 10 and students in Years 8 - 12 are involved in a number of different agricultural shows.

A wide range of agricultural and horticultural experiences that are common to the Limestone Coast are covered within our program to equip students for a career in Agriculture or further studies in Agriculture. Lucindale Area School offers VET and SACE for Years 10 - 12 students including:

·         Business and Enterprise

·          Agricultural Science

·         Agricultural Pathways

The school farm is 19 ha farm, with an additional 23ha of land that the school leases from the local council. Onsite facilities include a 2 stand shearing shed adjoining the Agriculture classroom, newly redeveloped sheep yards, state of the art cattle yards, Murray Grey and Shorthorn cattle herd, Merino and White Suffolk sheep flocks, vegetable garden and five soil pits to study soil profiles and soil science.  

Students can run feedlots as a rural small business enterprise and prepare sheep, cattle and goats for showing at both local shows and the Royal Adelaide Show. All other animal husbandry operations take place on the school site using the modern sheep and cattle yards where the students can participate in a safe environment.

The agriculture curriculum covers a wide range of subjects including cattle handling, goat handling, poultry, pigs, sheep, organic survival unit, vegetable garden, soil, cattle/farm management and alpacas. There is some small scale cropping done, pasture management, pasture renovation, seed and pasture persistence trials as well as cattle, sheep, pig, poultry and goat production. The hay production program raises funds for the school agriculture program, as well as producing livestock feed. Some of the hay production is run in conjunction with seed company trials. This allows the school keep up with the latest seed varieties on the market. Other alternative farming enterprises explored include, alpacas, native flowers, vegetable seed, emus, ducks, vegetables, garlic, Hills daisies, essential oils.

Aquaculture is a major component of the agriculture facility. There is a hatchery, growing tanks and ponds that are used for growing rainbow trout that are sold at various stages of growth from fry and fingerling to plate size. Lucindale Area School strives to achieve excellence in all aspects of agriculture.

The School ensures current industry experience and networking is available for students as part of their learning, with the inclusion of regular excursions and expert guest speakers. There is fantastic contribution from local farmers including provision of animals for showing, provision of grain for stock feeds, hosting days of calf marking, lamb marking, dairy visits, winery visits, cropping and machinery demonstrations and other farming events to help further student’s practical experience.

 There is not another facility in South Australia that can offer such diversity in agricultural experience for student learning.

VITICUTURE

The Lucindale Area School vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir plantings. The vineyard is predominantly planted on Terra Rossa soil, made famous by the Coonawarra wine region. Students produce wine that is then sent off for judging in the “Australian Amateur Beer and Wine Show”.

The pinot noir and cabernet variety grapes are sold to local DiGiorgio Family Wines, where the pinot grapes are used as a base for sparkling pinot Chardonnay.

The school offers units in both vine pruning and wine making. This course begins in Year 10 with the students being taught pruning techniques to maximise quality and productivity, as well as canopy management. This aspect of the course is completed under the Certificate II in Rural Operations. Some of the cabernet grapes are kept on the farm to allow students to learn harvest techniques. This fruit is then used by the students to produce wine using open fermentation vats, an open basket press and wine is aged in oak barrels. The following year a selection of wine is bottled, which is cellared for 12 months, and then sent off for judging.

Viticulture and Winemaking can be undertaken as part of the Stage 1 & 2 Agricultural and Horticultural Studies course, or Certificate II in Rural Operations in partnership with TAFE SA. Along with well-established academic links, the school has strong and mutually beneficial arrangements with important industry links within the wine making and viticulture industry, which allows the school to remain at the forefront of current industry practice.

CERTIFICATE II RURAL OPERATIONS

The Certificate II in Rural Operations is available to students undertaking Year 11 & 12. Students learn practical skills associated with farming in the local area that include animal handling, health and husbandry techniques, ChemCard Training, operation of quad bikes and tractors, chainsaw operations and a variety of elective subjects. Students are required to complete 140 hours of workplace learning over a 2-year period. Workplace learning is conducted both and through structured work experience. The course features external training opportunities and on-farm workdays.

The school is well equipped to offer a diverse learning environment for practical skills with modern animal handling facilities and access to a variety of technologies through the Vocational Education and Training trailers housed on site.

AQUACULTURE

Aquaculture is offered to the Year 11 and Year 12 students and forms part of the Stage 1 Agriculture Studies course. Students are able to select aquaculture as their Stage 2 Business and Enterprise project and run the enterprise as their Business project.

Students learn about the rainbow trout life cycle and hatch out eyed-up eggs purchased from Springfield hatchery in Tasmania. The students maintain the facility, test water quality and monitor feeding requirements. Students monitor weight gain and transfer fish to larger growing tanks. Students are required to investigate issues with land based aquaculture businesses and develop solutions to these problems.

The school boasts a hatchery (capacity 15,000 fry), four growing tank three aquaculture dams. The tanks have reticulation system to reduce water use and are a self-cleaning system.

EQUINE PROGRAM

The Lucindale Area School Equine Program was introduced in 2014. The program is offered to secondary students and is delivered after school. The program covers the following areas;

  • General horse handling and safety
  • Hands on exposure to different breeds of horses
  • Care and maintenance
  • Natural Horsemanship
  • Games and novelties
  • Basic riding
  • Trail riding

The program includes instruction from and interaction with a variety of guest speakers including a farrier, equine dentist, veterinary surgeon and qualified riding instructors.

Primary Students are offered a two-week equine program that covers basic horse handling and safety skills.

 The program continues to raise great interest from the community and is an example of “school and community working together” with community members providing horses, time, equipment and expertise to the program.