Students at ‘Back Creek’ learn by experience the importance of co-operation, teamwork, patience and compassion as they resolve difficulties.
The residential ‘Back Creek’ Rural Studies programme is a unique experience for Year 9 students. Located near Scotsburn, the rural campus is a viable commercial dairy farm of over 900 acres near Ballarat. Girls and boys go to the farm in separate gender groups of 20 to 25 students throughout the year and reside at the Scotsburn farm for 5 weeks. Students are actively involved in farm work and learn by experience the importance of co-operation, responsibility, teamwork, patience and compassion as they complete tasks interdependently and master the challenges of independent living away from home.
The students are actively involved in farm duties – milking cows, rearing calves, feeding poultry, market gardening – as well as hosting farm visits by Kindergarten and Prep. students. Academic studies of English, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Christian Education are applied to real-life situations at ‘Back Creek.’ Small business skills are learnt in the sale of fresh fruit and vegetables that are surplus to the catering requirements at ‘Back Creek’.
During their stay students develop a real sense of responsibility and the meaning of a good work ethic. They often learn by experience the importance of co-operation, teamwork, patience and compassion as they resolve difficulties and master the challenges of independent living away from home. The challenges are to accept responsibility within a team and a workplace, and to recognize the need for perseverance to achieve success.
Both students and parents have recognized many ways in which the farm experience has developed character and brought a real sense of responsibility, compassion and co-operation – all invaluable in adult life.
Christian College Geelong is proud to announce the opening of the Back Creek Cafe in Meredith where students experience and learn as part of the Year 9 Back Creek Farm Program.
Back Creek Cafe- Meredith
The newly acquired Back Creek Café allows students to participate in a complete paddock to plate experience. Collecting the eggs and milking the cows, through to serving customers eggs benedict with a latte give students exceptional real-world skills.
Students are encouraged to explore the relationship between the food and produce we grow in the paddocks through to the presentation of the meals onto the plate. This important focus gives the students a real life understanding of how the food cycle works.
The students will also gain valuable customer service skills as they learn how to best serve their customers. These food handling skills and formal training to receive a ‘Food Handling’ certificate prepares our students to serve customers, understand the principles of retailing, money management, hygiene, stock and merchandising, marketing and very importantly the offering of quality service.
Director 'Back Creek' Scotsburn