Rural/Environment Studies is important curriculum focus at Beaufort Secondary College.
Students have access to Agricultural Studies as an elective at years 9 and 10 and may choose to go to study VET Agriculture in the senior years. The Science curriculum also has an emphasis on environmental studies at years 7-10.
The college’s Rural/Environmental Studies program makes use of 5 hectare area adjacent to the college which was acquired by the College Council several years ago. Using a grant available under the Commonwealth Government’s “Investing in our Schools Program”, a shed was constructed and program resources acquired.
After several changes of staff Mr Steve Balson was appointed to the college in the area. He has been the driving force in taking the program in its current direction. The subject explores the ways that people manage natural resources such as plants, animals, climate, soil and water to meet their basic needs. These management practices derive from current understandings about science, food and fibre production systems, sustainable farming practices, and agricultural technologies. The scope of the subject is very broad. Because of the fundamental importance of sustainable use of our resources this subject is relevant to all students, not just those from a rural background.
The Rural/Environmental Studies program is an excellent example of the college working with the local community. District LandCare Groups support the development and maintenance of this site. A Rural Studies Steering Committee comprising local primary industry people was formed in the early stages to oversee the program. Beaufort Secondary College has also worked with Beaufort Primary School to implement environmental projects under the Commonwealth “ASISTM” program (a program that fostered innovation in Mathematics, Science and Technology).