A project was designed which would include all the requirements of the Rotary Foundationís Mission
Statement. An application was successfully submitted to the Rotary District for a grant which enabled
BISLEY FARM to begin.
The Projectís goal is to raise cattle on Bisley Farm at Arethusa College near Burpengary and to send
processed beef to Charity.
This project will become self sustaining increasing as cattle are bred and students learn cattle handling, farm
maintenance, and other valuable skills.
Bisley Farm is a project of the Shaftesbury Centre. It is proposed that the farm will become an extension
of the curriculum at Arethusa College - an independent school established by Shaftesbury that focuses
on young people who have disengaged from mainstream schooling. The goals of the farm are based on
a number of key areas in working with young people at risk.
Young people will participate in a wide range of work experience opportunities on the farm that relate to
the operation of a beef-cattle stud. Young people will assist the full-time farm manager and youth
workers in the overall running of the property.
Students will have the chance to learn a variety of skills in relation to the beef-cattle industry.
Winner of 2010
SCHOOLS FIRST IMPACT AWARD from
NAB for $50,0000
The partnership is between Arethusa College, a Special
Assistance School for at risk and disengaged students, and
the Rotary Club of Bribie Island. Students participate in farm
management and animal care with pedigree beef cattle in order
to provide free meat to local charities that work with homeless
people and low-income families. This focus on animal-assisted
therapy has proven to be an effective tool in helping disengaged
young people develop empathy and responsibility through the
care undertaken for a variety of animals at the campus and in the
local community. Students have developed self-confidence, pride,
and improved their communication skills.
Because of the partnership with Rotary, students have been able
to develop a repertoire of skills and responsibilities.
What the judges said: This is a commendable application
and shows that the partnership is determined to achieve its goals.
The College has used recognised assessment tools to provide
evidence of achieved competencies and improved behaviours.
There is no doubt that the program will benefit the participants
both socially and emotionally.
A partnership program between Arethusa College,Burpengary,
and The Rotary Club of Bribie Island, District 9600
ROTARY ON THE MOVE
ROTARY CLUB of BRIBIE ISLAND Inc
100% Paul Harris Club
Club Number: 25210