Toogoolawah ag collage study secures funds
TOOGOOLAWAH State High School students can look forward to high quality agriculture studies after an announcement at the school last week.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh visited the school last week to announce new funding for the Agriculture Centre and tour the facility.
Mr McVeigh said a lot of support had been put into the school's program, such as preparing cattle, beehives, chicken rearing and horticultural pursuits.
"I think it is tremendous the Newman government has formally approved Toogoolawah SHS as an agricultural centre," he said.
"A full-time agricultural assistant will assist in continuing their programs."
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said it was the determination of school staff and community support that secured the funding.
"Earlier this year, teachers, parents, community members and students highlighted with me that the agriculture program at Toogoolawah SHS was not formally recognised by Queensland Education and therefore did not receive extra funding."
Toogoolawah State High School principal Stacey Beu said the funding would expand the popular program.
"This year we had 117 students engaged in ag studies from Years 8 to 12, which encompasses a successful cattle show team, equestrian, small vegetable plots, poultry and bees," Ms Beu said.
"The new funding allows us to employ a full-time ag assistant and our students can now look forward to an even wider experience through their ag studies, which we believe will lead to better employment opportunities."