ABP Angus Youth Challenge
On Fri 9thMarch 3 year 11 students along with their teacher Ms Gildea travelled to Loughry College to compete in the NI semi-final of the Angus Youth Challenge competition. Their project ‘Reconnecting with our Rural Roots!’ aims to improve knowledge and understanding among urban and non-farming rural dwellers about farming and livestock production in NI. Coming from a school of 1050 students, the majority of whom are rural dwellers the students were surprised and disappointed about how little many students know about the journey of their food from farm to fork. They aim to, through a range of different activities help all students and families in the school appreciate the contribution that farming and the livestock industry make to the social, economic and environmental fabric of NI. Creating a video using contributions from farming families in St Louis and using technology to motivate and measure learning were two strategies that the students used to impress the judges. The finalists will be announced on 10th April and the winners will be presented with 5 Aberdeen Angus calves at the Balmoral Show, we hope all their hard work pays off and that the St Louis Team make it to the final in May.